Single malt whisky - tasting notes

12 Jun 2012

Glenlivet 1973 (cask #10822)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenlivet

This Glenlivet 1973 is bottled in the selected by Berry’s series, originally meant for entry-level after dinner drams. There’s also a slightly wider Berry’s Own Selection range.

 

Glenlivet 1973 Berry Bros.Glenlivet 38 yo 1973 (47,6%, Berry Bros. & Rudd 2011, cask #10822)

Nose: plenty of heather notes in this one. Not immediately attractive, but it becomes fairly fruity after fifteen minutes… gentle garden fruits (apple, pear, gooseberry). Some honey. A little mint. Leading to some mocha and soft waxy notes. Faint grassy notes too. Mouth: quite sweet and nicely fruity, same (stewed) fruits with a little more citrus maybe (especially tangerine and orange sweets) and a slight tropical edge. Sweet barley notes. Honey. Yellow raisins. Clear oak now as well (pepper, ginger, clove). Finish: long, with sweet fruits, vanilla and warming spices. Returns nicely to minty notes.

A very good, sweet and fruity Speysider. Well in line with our expectations. Around € 170. Still on the shelves in several shops.

Score: 90/100

Glenlivet 1973 (cask #10822) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-12
  • RN

    Curious to know why this didn’t make the “90+ list” even though scoring 90?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Because the 90+ list is only updated every few weeks.

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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