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26 Oct 2010

Glenlivet 1977 (Whisky-Doris)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenlivet

This 32 years old Glenlivet must have been a small hogshead (just 96 bottles) or maybe just part of the cask?

In my personal opinion, The Glenlivet shows a constant high quality (with best-sellers like the Nadurra) without having many truly spectacular expressions. The brand pops up regularly when people are looking for an interesting yet budget-friendly single malt whisky. 

 

Glenlivet 1977 / 2010 Whisky-Doris Glenlivet 32 yo 1977 (44,8%, Whisky-Doris 2010, bourbon hogshead #13129, 96 btl.)

Nose: ah, a lovely fruit basket, just what we were hoping for! It starts on “local” fruits: peaches, juicy pears, gooseberries, oranges… then growing more tropical with green banana and a little passion fruit. Nice sweet / sour combo. Also some waxy and grassy notes in the background. Quite excellent. Mouth: very fruity (apple, citrus) and oily with a faint bitter edge (lime zest, woody notes). Also an unexpected hint of peat. Even… mustard. Nice evolution, fruity and fresh but not sweet at all. Finish: now turning to spices (pepper, clove) and zesty citrus.

A multi-dimensional Glenlivet, showing both expected elements (fruit basket) and a few nice surprises (peat and enjoyable mustard notes). Still available from Whisky-Doris in Germany – € 110.

Score: 89/100

Glenlivet 1977 (Whisky-Doris) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-26

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