Gordon & MacPhail

The Glenlivet

George & J.G. Smith's Rare Vintage, 1974

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 42
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Specifications
Brand: The Glenlivet, Gordon & MacPhail
Expression: George & J.G. Smith's Rare Vintage, 1974
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2004
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Gentle and slow to open. Rich tea biscuits, Madeira, nuts, peach juice, apple core, flowers and dried peels. A light oiliness. Complex and balanced.
Palate: Restrained, with sweet honeyed notes. Great width on the palate, lovely soft feel. Water shatters it.
Finish: Long, aromatic.
Comment: A fantastic old Speyside which hits a perfect balance between cask and spirit.
9.0
Taster   Gavin D. Smith
Nose: Spice and old leather sofas, caramel. Water releases more expansive floral and marzipan notes.
Palate: More spice, fudge, dry sherry, then peppery old oak.
Finish: Shorter than one might hope, quite flat, dry oak.
Comment: Somewhat lifeless and one-dimensional. Not the best old Glenlivet I've tasted.
7.3
Visit the distillery
Glenlivet Distillery, Ballindalloch, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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