Glen Elgin was built in the late 19th century at the height of the whisky boom. When the boom went bust in the Pattison Crash, this Speyside distillery managed to keep afloat by producing whisky for blends, most famously White Horse. The distillery’s designer, Charles Doig, predicted that Glen Elgin would be the last distillery built for 50 years. In fact, it was 60 years before a new distillery opened in Speyside. Glen Elgin 18 Years Old Diageo Special Releases 2017 1998 is a blend of two 18-year-old single malts. The first was aged in refill European Oak Butts and the second was aged in Ex-Bodega casks with a special yeast strain called Pombe Yeast. The nose displays vanilla, grass, green apple and cinnamon. The palate has notes of sweet barley, vanilla, apricot, citrus fruits and fresh pastries. The finish is long with toffee, vanilla, caramel heather honey and a touch of smoke.