Glenlivet 1961 Gordon & MacPhail - Golden Smith Label (70cl)


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Another bottling of ancient Glenlivet from Gordon & Macphail, this is from the 1961 vintage and was bottled with the classic Smiths label in, we estimate, the 1990s.


Glenlivet 1961 Gordon & MacPhail - Golden Smith Label (75cl) Tasting Notes

A big phat classic G&M, this should work. Sadly, no year of bottling tag on the neck or anywhere else on the label. Colour: red amber. Nose: isn’t this rather an old Demerara rum? Port Morant? Instant chocolaty pleasure, with exactly the right amount of tiny phenolic things that add so much depth, I’d even say relief. Liquorice, tar, pitch, lovage… But all those remains tiny, while both the chocolate and the prunes keep ruling this nose. Immediate and implacable. With water:  yess! Engine oil and all that… So even more depth. Mouth (neat): s.u.p.e.r.b. Bags of prunes and buckets of liquid chocolate, plus quite a lot of Corinthian raisins (I’m often quoting those because in my experience, they’re very different, deeper and more flavourful than other, smoother ones.) Immediate, obvious, instant sherried pleasure. Well done again, G&M. With water: yess! Someone may have thrown a few litres of old Ardbeg into, the casks. Unless the filters… you know, the filters… Finish: long, on smoked prunes. And an superb touch of salt in the aftertaste. Salt in a Glenlivet? Comments: I know some chocolatiers who are adding a little salt to their blackest productions. We’re in similar territories here. SGP:462 - 91 points.


Distillery Glenlivet
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released -/-
Vintage 1961
Age -
Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
Bottling Date 1990s
ABV/ Volume 40.0%/ 70cl
Rating/SGP 91/462
Cask Number -


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