Glenlivet 1938 Gordon & MacPhail - Golden Smith Label

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A 1938 vintage bottling of Glenlivet, under the historic Smith's label, by Gordon & Macphail, holders of some of the best and oldest casks of whisky in Scotland. This was released some time in the 1980s.


This is Jonny’s engagement bottle, presented to him by the lovely bride to be (who got a ring). Colour: dark gold (autumn sunrise). Nose: starts both concentrated and soft, on pineapple cubes, cola cubes and lots of tropical fruits. Overripe bananas, a lot of fruit syrups, the whole getting slightly smoky/almondy. Cigar boxes, a really beautiful rancio and some candy citrus peel.

Also something coconuty. A compact and fantastic nose. Mouth: a little bit of smoke in the arrival, which is a little biting, as well as something from other spirits such as old rum and cognac. More tropical fruits (mango peel), creamy coconut, a kind of old orange liqueur. The peat becomes a little resinous and pleasantly metallic and herbal (dried herbs). Feels rather viscous, an excellent mouth feel considering the 40%, engaging every part of your palate. Finish: maybe a little short, unfortunately, but it’s very nicely dry, tropical and herbal. Comments: another exemplary old brilliant pre-war whisky, one you could quaff litres of. SGP:542 - 91 points (and 100/100 to Jonny’s future bride!)


Distillery Glenlivet
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released -/-
Vintage 1938
Age -
Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
Bottling Date 1980s
ABV/ Volume 40.0%/ 75cl
Rating/SGP 91/542
Cask Number -


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