Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2011) Gordon & MacPhail, 43 %
This Glenlivet was distilled in 1974 and bottled in 2011. It is a part of the bottling series George & J.G. Smith’s.
It is hard to find this 2011 bottling available online, but if you search you shall find. The price is in the range of € 500.
Nose (20/25): I found it to be quite sharp at first. It smelled like old whisky. Oaky on the nose. And there was some polish, like furniture polish. Then I found a lot of herbs – primarily mint and basil. After a while in the glass it became more fresh, as the initial sharpness was smoothed out. In the end there were citrus notes and something reminding me of Cointreau.
Taste (19/25): It felt dry and watery at the same time on the palate. There was definitely oak and sugar. The alcohol was quite noticeable.
Finish (20/25): Still dry and woody on the finish. The citrus from the nose came back, I found orange peel. Pepper.
Balance (20/25): I think this whisky maybe has spent too many years in the cask. To me it had lost most of its aromas, at least the ones I like.
Image from The Whisky Store.