Glenlivet 1981 (Signatory #9468 for TWE)

We’ve had cask #9464 a couple of months ago. Both are selected by The Whisky Exchange from the Signatory Vintage stocks.



Glenlivet 33yo 1981 - SV #9468 - The Whisky ExchangeGlenlivet 33 yo 1981 (52,2%, Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange 2015, refill sherry hogshead #9468, 154 btl.)

Nose: less sherried than #9464. That means more focus on the rich fruity side: apricots, stewed apples, dried banana and hints of pineapple. Some golden raisins. After a while I get some cardamom, and light hints of tobacco leaves and wet gravel come out.

Mouth: rather soft and much drier now, but not in a tannic way (not yet). It’s just that the tobacco, grated coconut, leather and cinnamon are louder than the apples and oranges. Bergamot. Waxy notes and light mineral touches. Herbal honey.

Finish: long, with lots of fruit teas. Walnuts, aniseed and some oak tannins.

This Glenlivet has a mellow, delicate profile with a very subtle sherry influence. Complex and very good. Around € 290.

Score: 89/100