Glen Elgin 12YO is a tricky single malt. I had this one in a whisky tasting and sampling just isn’t enough for me to get a hang of it. Glen Elgin 12 years felt like a sequel to something more full. Kill Bill vol. 2 came to mind when trying to analyze this dram through a movie experience.
Like Glen Elgin 12YO, Kill Bill vol. 2 wasn’t utterly bad but if I compare it to vol. 1, it’s almost as a teenager fighting against contender. Hard to say, what would be Kill Bill vol. 1 in this case. Perhaps some of the fruity ones from Japan, like Suntory Hibiki 12YO.
Kill Bill vol. 2 tried to be too deep but it got tangled up halfway through. For the first time Tarantino got caught up with too much dialogue. It just wasn’t that genius anymore. I think the same thing happened with Glen Elgin 12 yrs. The palate is too tricky, at least for me it is. It was hard to follow. But just like with any Tarantino movie, Glen Elgin wasn’t bad. Just more on the mediocre side like Kill Bill vol. 2.
Nose: Floral notes mixed with honey and hints of toffee on the side.
Taste: Difficult character. Smooth with caramel and fruity sweetness with oranges as the main character. Yet it’s spicy and dry with even hints of smoke(?)…
Finish: Oil and spices finalize the medium lasting finish.
Balance: Not very balanced. Tricky and difficult, left me confused. Glen Elgin 12 yrs would need some more exploring, one whisky tasting sample simply isn’t enough for me to understand this dram.
Colour: Full gold
Nose: 19 | Taste: 20 | Finish: 19 | Balance: 20
Overall score: 78
Distillery: Glen Elgin