Review: Lord Elcho 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Scottish Malt and Grain Whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

Lord Elcho was a supporter to Bonnie Prince Charlie and was a leader in the Battle of Culloden during the Jacobite uprising in 1745 – the result of an attempt of Prince Charlie to regain the throne for his family after pretending to be the son of James Stuart, though himself the son of James II. Because of Lord Elcho’s role in the uprising, he was stripped of his title and exiled to France. The whisky is produced by Wemyss Malts, who produce a number of blended Scotch whiskies and whose founder was a descendant of Lord Elcho. The company is still family owned and occupy the Wemyss castle (legend has it that it’s haunted) in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s. The whisky was launched in 2012, and last year a no-age-statement Lord Elcho was also released.

Review (2014)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: Rich, with some toffee, dried fruits, and a slightly grassy element. Lightly nutty (roast cashews) as well. The dried fruits and toffee character, as well as the light vanilla and richness makes me suspect nice use of both bourbon and sherry casks.

Taste: Honey, with some heavy barley influence and earthiness. The fruit and toffee are still present, and the malt continues on quite nicely. A light spicy feel comes in on the end, and there’s a bit of a light chemical spirit-like feel to this as well in places. Moderately sweet.

Finish: Dries slightly, with some dried fruit, black tea, and malt. The flavour lingers lightly, with a bit of honey, pear, and nuttiness coming in as well, but without a whole lot of force.

In terms of blends, this is quite what I enjoy – rich, with some nice different flavours playing in (like dried fruit, toffee, and a bit of a spicy feel here), but without a huge load of flavour from all sorts of camps that I find in some blends.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $68.