N - Slightly sweet, oaky nose. T - Very lightly sherried, buttery, strong but not overpowering. F - Medium length but not overwhelming finish, despite the cask strength. O - Very characteristic of Glen Elgin, a tasty malt worth purchasing.
N: Nice, clean, light and fruity. A little touch of white pepper, some pears, and some light malt flavors. A little hint of pine. Water opens some more grassy notes. Brings up a hint of papaya.
P: Malty and sweet to lead with a bit of heat. Pears, a little touch of hay, slightly earthy, some chili oil. A little woody. Water makes this more approachable, filling out the palate with a creamier mouthfeel, some more wood notes, a bit of gentle spice and tobacco, a hint of sherry.
F: A good bit of heat. Slight pine, cantaloupe, chili oil, plenty of malt, a bit of hay. Water takes this in the direction of a good, robust, anyday malt.
Good cask strength malt. Shines with water (and it'll take plenty).
Palate: A bit of heat. Spice. Honeysuckle. Full flavored. Little discernable sherry influence. Adding water brings out some cloves on the nose.
Finish: Medium length. Burns a bit on the tongue. Peppery and oaky. Dry wood at the very end.
Overall: Adding a bit of water is almost required for this one. It brings out some more malty cereal notes and changes the finish to something a bit more creamy but still dry. A solid whisky but not spectacular.