Finally, we can tell you about whiskies selected by us! We still can’t believe it, but there you go… Of course, here we will only give you our tasting notes, without allowing ourselves to give a vote (what kind of people would we be?) – for a number in hundredths, we are waiting for your impressions: here it is up to you to tell us what you think and what you feel… We’ll gradually tell you all about the history of these casks, but in the meantime we’re starting to reveal something. Today we begin the journey with Chapter I of the ‘A Space Whisky Odyssey‘ series, dedicated to the character of Circe: it’s a cask of Glen Elgin distilled on 1st April 2008 (and no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s) and bottled in Creetown, at the Whiskybroker’s facility, on 30th November 2020. It was the Refill Bourbon Hogshead #653. We are not going to fool you about amazing adventures in Scotland and magnificent casks found by chance, because apart from the pandemic and the impossibility of travelling, it would just be untrue: this trade doesn’t work like that. We turned to our friends and contacts in the Scotch whisky world, and in this case we bought the cask from some of the people we are closest to in this industry, who over the years have truly become friends: Andrea and Giuseppe of Milan Whisky Festival. Among the various cask samples they offered us, as we were starting the Online Whisky Show adventure together, we immediately fell in love with this Glen Elgin… which we had bottled at cask strength, without artificial colouring or chill-filtering. It really was love at first sight: to select these bottlings we tasted over 70 samples of barrels (not all of them from MWF!), this was one of the first and we chose it straight away. Enough words, let’s drink!
N: as soon as it is poured, you can feel the abv, but it doesn’t take long to open up. From the very first time we smelled it, it struck us as having a sort of a dual soul, between a fruitier side and an elegant ‘fat’ side, typical of Glen Elgin. The more aromatic side is made up of yellow fruit, with quite a bit of apple and a very fresh, citrusy side, with lemon peel, yellow grapefruit and yuzu. On the other hand, there’s a lovely note of honey and pastry; then something between panna cotta, royal jelly, and a slight patina, almost mineral, of a distant wax. Food pollen, a sense of wild flowers. The typical Glen Elgin structure carries a lot of oiliness, say a slight linseed oil.
P: compared to the lightness of the nose, the palate is full-bodied, oily and mouth coating. The alcohol is there, but without arrogance. Quite creamy, with lemon cream and custard; there is also a very clear fruity note, of yellow apple (lots of apple juice – yellow apple a bit shrivelled, overripe). Cream and apple cake. Soft apple pie with cream? One of those lemon meringue pies? More citrus (candied citron above all) – like a lemon pumped up with icing sugar. Very drinkable. Towards the finish there is a more austere warm wood, with some spicy hints, very slight. But also quince. A hint of wax, again, delicious.
F: medium-length, very clean: the creamy, vanilla part quickly fades, and everything quickly recomposes itself on drier herbaceous and citrus notes, which soon invite another sip.
We won’t give any marks of course, but what a pleasure! What we always like about Glen Elgin is that it is a malt that always manages to be fruity and fat, full-bodied, thanks to some production processes that guarantee its structure – just think of a particularly slow distillation and the use of worm tubs as a cooling system. In this case, 12 years in a refill cask allowed the spirit to mature peacefully, without the excesses of wood, and to refine itself calmly: we are sure that some other years in wood would have made it silkier and more refined, but we liked it immediately as it was. And we couldn’t wait for the 20th anniversary of the blog, sorry! A spring and summery whisky, to be drained without too much thought: an enjoyable, fruity and pleasant whisky. A whisky made to be drunk. No vote then, but – grant us this – here’s the link to buy it, if you like. From outside Italy, if you’re interested please send us an email to email@example.com.
Sottofondo musicale consigliato: Eric Satie – Gnossienne n.3.