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Glen Elgin 17 Year Old 1995 'Eastern Promise' Wemyss


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th May 2015


Glen Elgin 17 Year Old 1995 'Eastern Promise' Wemyss
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Glen Elgin can be found just south of the city of the same name, close to Longmorn and BenRiach. It was founded in 1898, just two months before the Pattison Crash wreaked havoc. It had to close in 1905, albeit for just a short period. From 1992 until 1995 it was closed yet again. The malt is still an important component for the White Horse blend, but we will be trying the malt, bottled by Wemyss.

The nose is sweet and sour and reminds me of blood oranges, peach and lime. But there is also something that makes me think of Aspégic – a medicine against fever – which is not very inviting. Somewhat chemical. Devoid of spices, bar some very discreet ginger.

It is soft on the palate. The fruit returns, but the oranges immediately turn bitter. It has a salty edge, which does not seem to work with the sweet and sour fruit. Out of balance, I would say. The oak offers a nice spiciness though. Liquorice and ginger, mostly.

The finish is rather short on sweet, zalt, sour and bitter.

Hmm, this was not easy. A bit of a struggle in fact. And I have absolutely no clue what the name stands for. Were the people at Wemyss watching the gangta movie from 2007, with Viggo Mortensen in the lead, while tasting this?

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