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To celebrate the Speyside festival we have a new tasting: hidden gems of speyside. First up, Glen Elgin 12. Glen Elgin distillery was the last distillery to be built during the boom years of the 1890s. It’s owned by drinks giant Diageo and most of the 1.8 million litres annual production goes into blends such as White Horse. Glen Elgin has a quirky set up, including the use of worm tubs, an old fashioned means of condensing spirit hardly used these days. This 12 year old is the only official single malt bottling, and it is a fresh and fruity dram with a classic Speyside profile.
Tony says: Fresh and fruity, a well rounded malty taste with a with a woody twang that slightly overwhelms the finish
Pat says: Nose: Floral, light wispy honey, chicory and bay leaves. Strong hints of toffee and lardy cake.
Taste: Initially honey, then dry, dusty and slightly perfumed fruit. Faintly smoky. Hint of caramel and carroway seed. The finish is increasingly spicy with fresh wood.