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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
The views expressed here are entirely my own, unless otherwise stated.

Monday, 22 April 2013


Like I mentioned in the last post, the Glenlivet 12 used as a benchmark whisky comes up against these next expressions... starting with this one - a 38yo expression from London based bottlers and wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.

Glenlivet is one of those malts that seems to have been around forever which also shows when bottlers like Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin suddenly pops out a 70yo expression a couple of years back... and also a series of other bottling in their private collection series. One can only wonder how much other great stuff they have tucked away...

Some old casks of Glenlivet tucked away at an undisclosed location © The Malt Desk May 2012
This was an expression bottled by Berry Bros for The Whisky Show 2012 - a weekend event hosted by the large (online) retailer The Whisky Exchange.

Reports says the bottling was received very well at the show and since there was only 120 bottles available of it, it had to disappear very quickly - and it did!

Lets see if there was a reason for that...

Glenlivet 1973 38yo 48,6%, cask#10644, Berry Bros for The Whisky Show 2012, 120 bottles

Colour is full gold

Crisp barley, hint of varnish, honey, tropical fruits - especially coconut and pineapple, orange marmalade and some nipping salt even

Very nice arrival on flowery malt, melon, candied apples, confectionery's sugar, almonds, very lively and not tired at all. A little oak pops up somewhere mid palate but gets flushed in orange sweets drops and juicy malt. Finish is long on, spices, ginger, toffee, fruits and sweet malt.

What a lovely old 'Livet this is...


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