Bought: Whisky Exchange, 18th March 2015
94/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
86.93/100 – Whiskybase (average from 32 member votes)
It wasn’t so long ago that you couldn’t find German whisky in the UK. My first experience was buying a miniature of Glen Els ‘Unique Distillery Edition’ at auction in December 2013. I’ve had it ever since, looking very lonely on a shelf surrounded by Scottish malts. It was about time it had some friends, so I was delighted to discover that ‘The Whisky Exchange’ were supplying three new Glen Els miniatures (they now do full bottles).
Scoring nearly 87/100 on Whiskybase is an extremely high mark, as is 94/100 in the Whisky Bible. This ranks ‘The Journey’ alongside the classic Glenmorangie 10yo, the Glenfarclas 12yo and the superb Talisker 18yo. It also beats, according to the author, the Talisker 10yo, Macallan 12yo ‘Sherry Oak’ and the legendary Longmorn 15yo, all of which score 93/100.
Comments from reviewers on Whiskybase who score this Glen Els over 90/100 suggest the German distillery has equalled or bettered a lot of the whisky being produced in Scotland. I’m sure this is true, and I hope the Scottish producers take heed and fight back. Healthy competition will ensure that standards remain high and the consumer reaps the rewards with excellent whisky such as ‘The Journey’.
Here’s Horst Luening of Whisky.com with his review on You Tube (Sept 2016):