Glenlivet 17 Years Old 1996 The Un-Chillfiltered Collection (46%, Signatory, 1st Fill Sherry Butt #165161, 817 Bottles, 2014)
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 46% ABV, £44 for 70cl
- Score: 89/100
What they say:
Distilled 5th November 1996 and matured a full 17 years in a first-fill ex-sherry butt #165161, this was bottled as part of Signatory’s Unchillfiltered range at 46% ABV on the 2nd October 2014 after 17 years maturation.
What I say:
It is unusual enough to find independent bottlings from The Glenlivet distillery, and less so full maturation in 1st fill sherry. Again many thanks to Adam for the sample.
Dark ruby/blood red (18/20), thick-heavy tears
Nutty, leather, chocolate, cocoa, walnut, deep red fruits, strawberry, creamy malt, chocolate coated malted milk biscuits, figs, dates, tobacco leaf
Rich dark chocolate, red fruits, raisin, molasses, treacle, malty, marmite, hints of rubber/bicycyle tyres, sulphur and iron
Long, fruity, cocoa, tannic, iron filings
A delicious expression, I’m not sure how much base Glenlivet spirit is decipherable under a mass of heavy sherry cask influence but this is doe to perfection. Perhaps just a hint of sulphur and iron at the end, but this didn’t even detract from the dram as whole. Deep malty chocolate and marmite, sounds like a crazy combination but it just works.