Glenlivet 12 Years (Baretto import)

Baretto in Milan was the exclusive importer for Italy of Glenlivet in the 1960s and 1970s. Their Glenlivet 12 Year Old was an unblended all malt – already quite something back in the 1960s and 1970s when the single malt market was very, very small.



Glenlivet 12 Years - Baretto Import 1970sGlenlivet 12 yo ‘Unblended all malt’ (45,7%, OB for Baretto, early 1970s)

Nose: at the same time elegant and weighty, highly integrated. Something of honeyed tea (chamomile), vanilla and blackberries, but also lots of old-school notes. Silver polish, subtle smoke, grease, leather and leafy notes. Hints of iron and candle wax. Rye bread too.

Mouth: slightly bittersweet, on marmalade, resinous notes and pepper. Soft aromatic, almost flowery waxy notes. Silver polish again (could be OBE). A wee touch of wet cardboard perhaps, but it suits this style. Roasted nuts. Resin and whiffs of smoke.

Finish: very long, with more smoke, grapefruit zest and mineral notes.

To modern standards this would be a Highlands style, not Speyside. Mineral, slightly austere, an old style that is rather great. Thank you, Carsten.

Score: 90/100