Glenlivet 1974 41 Years Signatory Vintage - Rare Reserve


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A rare example of finished whisky from Signatory. Distilled at Glenlivet on 27 March 1974, this 41-year-old was matured in hogsheads for most of its life before a two-year finishing period in oloroso-sherry casks. This can be expected to have notes of dried fruits and chocolate orange


Actually more double maturation, as the finishing lasted for four years. So yeah, this is unfair, but life is unfair, and after all, there isn’t anything telling us that the NAS wasn’t very old as well (yeah, quite). Colour: amber. Nose: subtle, drier than expected, not sherry-monstrous, and full of various tobaccos, earths, and nuts. And wild mushrooms. Add a touch of camphor and pinesap. And ferns and mosses. A touch of manure as well. I adore this kind of nose. Have I mentioned walnuts? Mouth: okay, it’s very oaky, but that’s a whole different oak than the Cipher’s. Loads of bitter chocolate, chewing a cigar, crunching coffee beans, and sucking black tea leaves. So yeah, it’s very oaky and tannic, but quite bizarrely, the whole kind of works. Frankly, it’s like eating some 99% cocoa chocolate (coz, you know, they can’t make 100%). Finish: very long. Perhaps too long ;-). Comments: spectacularly oaky, this is almost walnut stain. And yet, I like it quite a lot, must be some kind of disease. But you’ve been warned. SGP:381 - 89 points.


Distillery Glenlivet
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released 1965/363
Vintage 27 March 1974
Age 41
Bottler Official Bottling
Bottling Date 2 December 2015
ABV/ Volume 46.8%/ 70cl
Rating/SGP 89/381
Cask Number 1


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