Review: Smith’s Glenlivet 1974 Rare Vintage

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: The Glenlivet Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Own Labels

ABV: 43%

Cost: £420.67 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Colour

Dark amber.

Body

Medium to full.

Finish

Lingering.

Cask Type

Refill American & refill Sherry casks.

Style

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.

 

TW Glenlivet 1974 vintage GM

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.

Colour:

Unburnished dark copper (14/20) numerous medium-thickness legs with large droplet tears

Nose:

Rich toffee’d oak wood, sherry, fig, raisins, fruitcake, brandy, leather and old book bindings, musty old library, red apples and clove oil

Taste:

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

Finish:

Long, sharp old wood, musty, tannic and fruity like red wine

Overall:

Christmasy, woody and a somewhat crystalline or purified essential oil flavours with tannic red fruits. Definitely one for red wine lovers!

Score: 86/100

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