When I was looking at good price/quality ratio I though about this dram, it’s clearly not the same pricetag as the drams in the last article but I can tell you that it’s worth every euros you put in.
Glen Elgin 31yo 2004-2015 (47.2%, Signatory Vintage for The Nectar, Hogshead, cask #2525, 220 bottles)
Colour: Deep gold with lighter hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence at all. Yellow and white fruits, tropical fruits, what a fruit blast! Heather honey, white pepper, grassy notes, cinnamon, waxy notes, mangoes, papayas, passion fruits, ripe bananas, fresh pineapple adding some acidity. It’s not overly complex, but it’s very powerful and well integrated!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very thick and oily. Creamy, big fruit basket, exotic fruits marmalade. Bitter cocoa and chalk at the end of the mouth adding a lovely dryness to this already top notch mouth.
Finish: Very long. Chalk, mineral notes, ripe fruit basket fading slowly letting the minerality and the dryness express themselves plainly with still some fruity roundness counterbalancing it.
Wow! That profile is not overly complex to be honest but it’s just so powerful, balanced and integrated that it’s just stunning. You clearly taste that it’s an old malt, the integration of the profile is perfect. I just love it!
Even at this price tag (160-180 euros) it’s clearly a very very good price/quality ratio. Did I mention it’s a 31yo?