Imperial-Glenlivet 37 Years Old 1977 Single Cask
Speyside single malt scotch whisky
53.5% ABV, £260 for 70cl from Wm Cadenhead’s
What they say:
Distilled 1977, Bottled January 2015, Aged for 37 years in a single bourbon hogshead and producing 204 bottles at cask strength of 53.5% at outturn.
Nose: Soft stewed fruits, rhubarb and spiced apples
Palate: More fruitiness and then some faint medicinal creamy notes. Lots of honeycomb.
Finish: Lots of mintiness in the finish along with a soft medicinal creamy note. More stewed fruits and also aniseed balls.
What I say:
Dram #4 from Thomas McEntee’s Imperial Tasting for the Water Of Life Society held on 12th March 2015. This recently released Imperial expression from Cadenheads was distilled back in 1977 and has been matured in a single cask for 37 years!
Light amber gold (8/20), medium quick medium-sized tears
Buttery, homemade butterscotch, caramel and fudge with a hint of copper pans reacting to open flames, cereal barley malt, honey, heather blossom, Murray mints (hard butter candy with gentle toffee and mint flavours), gristy
Zesty grapefruit, cinnamon and white pepper spices, lemon juice (sweetened), butterscotch, toffee and fudge, again a strong reminiscence of eating Murray mints, butter candy, sweet minty (not menthol), toffee and oak wood
Medium-long, caramel toffee oak, light latte coffee with mint/spearmint
A well-aged expression, surprisingly little vanillins and also light on the woody notes suggest to me that this Imperial expression has whiled away the years in a refill or gently active hogshead. Actually very pleasant to drink (I love Murray mints!) though I would be disappointed at paying the price for this expression. The presence of the Mentha mint has clearly resonated with the official tasting note writer as medicinal, though to me with those butter and caramel association of flavours I found this more pleasing and candy-like.