Review: Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 Rare Vintage
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: The Glenlivet Distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Own Labels
What they say:
Medium to full.
Refill American & refill Sherry casks.
Well balanced and rounded.
AROMA without water
Fragrant, fresh rose petals and newly cut grass. A lingering subtle sweetness follows.
TASTE without water
An initial burst of chilli spices, with a sweetness emerging. Soft fruit influences linger and a hint of vanilla comes to the fore.
AROMA with water
Fresh with a heavily fragrant nose, freshly cut roses. A burst of vanilla and ripe soft fruits emerge.
TASTE with water
A peppery edge develops, with a touch of aniseed. Hints of creamy butter develop.
What I say:
Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. This expression was distilled in 1974 at The Glenlivet distillery in Speyside and matured for ~ 37 years in a mixture of refill American and refill sherry casks before marrying together to produce this final whisky.
Unburnished dark copper (14/20) numerous medium-thickness legs with large droplet tears
Rich toffee’d oak wood, sherry, fig, raisins, fruitcake, brandy, leather and old book bindings, musty old library, red apples and clove oil
Tannic red wine, oaky wood, brass pennies, raisins, antique furniture, old books, well-stewed tea, stale cigar smoke, cigar boxes, crystallized ginger, demerara sugar, herbal cough sweets
Long, sharp old wood, musty, tannic and fruity like red wine
Christmasy, woody and a somewhat crystalline or purified essential oil flavours with tannic red fruits. Definitely one for red wine lovers!
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