Category Archives: Glen Elgin

Glen Elgin 1990 22-year-old

Bought – The Whisky Exchange, 27th August 2014

86.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 12 member votes)

Sometimes finding a whisky bargain is all about being in the right place at the right time. I’ve been wanting a whisky example from Signatory’s ‘Cask Strength Collection’ for many months but even the youngest bottlings start around £60. For anything over 20-years-old you’d expect to pay £80+. One evening I was browsing online for whisky prices, working my way down from 25yo, dreaming about winning the lottery so I could afford some of the bottles I found. That is until I chanced upon the Glen Elgin 22yo priced at £40.75 from ‘The Whisky Exchange’. I practically fell off my chair! Initially I thought it was a mistake, especially as ‘Master of Malt’ were selling the same bottle for £88.25, which is the price you’d expect for a whisky of this quality and vintage.

I probably should have ordered two or more bottles but I limited myself to one and emailed a few whisky contacts so they could cash in on the bargain whilst stocks lasted. It was sold out in a matter of days. But it goes to show that if you’re after a bargain, it’s worth periodically checking what’s out there on the internet. Even Amazon sometimes have bargains, including free postage, that beat prices to be found from online whisky shops.

Glen Elgin 1990 22yo 70cl

White Horse Glen Elgin (Japanese Release)

Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 31st October 2013

I’ve not been able to find any reviews of this somewhat obscure release but I found a 75cl bottle for sale at Royal Mile Whisky, Edinburgh, for £175. Reading around the internet it seems that the White Horse blend (of which the Glen Elgin malt forms a part) is very popular in Japan. In an attempt to make the Japanese aware of the Glen Elgin ingredient the distillery released this miniature, and bigger bottles, onto the Japanese market.

Whisky-online say of this malt: “An old, now discontinued bottling of Glen Elgin done for duty free and selected foreign markets. This was markedly more resinous and phenolic than most other official Glen Elgin bottlings.”

Hard To Find Whisky are selling this same miniature for £11.95. It cost me £3.50 at auction, so even with commission and its share of the postage I’ve done pretty well. Not that I consider it an investment. I’m drinking it! 🙂

Glen Elgin Japanese Market 5cl