Glen Elgin

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 The Single Cask

Glen Elgin 20 Year Old 1995 The Single Cask (51.5%, Claxton’s, Refill HH #1609-1671, 294 Bottles, 2016)

Whisky Review

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glen Elgin Distillery
  • Bottling: Claxton’s
  • ABV: 51.5%
  • Cost: £91.42


What they say:

Glen Elgin is perhaps one of the lesser-known malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, despite having a strong following among whisky aficionados. Since its establishment in 1998, Glen Elgin quickly developed a very good reputation among blenders and is still a key ingredient in famous blends.
As is the distillery style, this cask is bursting with fruity flavours. Maturation for over 20 years in a refill hogshead has refined and added depth to the spirit, while still excellently showcasing the original fruity, yet weighty character.


Fresh and crisp with lime, melon and pears. Clover, Parma Voilets, honey and a slight smoky note.


Sweet citrus fruit and lavender with stronger coal fire. A crisp, clean mouth feel.


Medium. A sweet finish with clover and a touch of oak.

REGION: Speyside
DISTILLED: 08/11/1995
CASK TYPE: Refill Hogshead
CASK NO: 1609-1671

What I say:

Many thanks to Adrian at Claxton’s for kindly providing this sample for review. A 20 year old Glen Elgin matured in a refill Hogshead.


Antique 18ct gold (4/20), quick loose tears leave thick legs


Gristy cereal barley, spiced woody oak, heather honey, orchard fruits; apple, pear, tropical fruits; banana and pineapple, ripe and sweet


Sweet and floral with Geraniums (Pelargoniums!)/earthy, rose, Turkish Delight; rose & lemon citrus, biscuit malt, woody sugars and oak wood, banana fritters, pineapples; fried or toasted/caramelised sugars sweetness


Long, lime & grapefruit citrus (almost NZ Hops-like) with herbal pine


Very nice, full of tropical fruits, pine, pineapple and grapefruit, very reminiscent of NZ style Hops New World IPA type beer – quite distinct and unusual for whisky.

Score: 86/100

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