Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
29 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 dec 2010 10:38 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3309.41

6 × in wishlist

13 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 1963 SV

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.18 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  An interesting whisky with a very split rating - some vote 90+ and other 80- points (and these are very experienced WB members!).  I bought this bottle no. 286 for 199 Euro in April, 2004 and maybe I can help to clarify this:

    Right after opening this bottle with an almost dark as black Glenlivet I tried it together with a good friend who adores heavily sherried whiskies.  But this was too much even for him - not the sherry but the extremely heavy, bitter woodiness which was very astringent.  Both of us thought this is almost undrinkable despite we felt that behind all the wooden notes a real sherry beauty waited to be kissed awake.  In today's system I would have rated this less than 80 points (something between 75 and 78, probably).  So I placed this bottle in the "forget-about-it-shelf" and forgot about it.

    Several years later another visitor to my cellar spotted this bottle there and asked for a try.  I joined him on that (simply to share the burden) but then I was absolutely surprised:  Almost all of the unpleasant bitter-astringent mouthfeel was gone - I could not believe my taste buds!

    And this dram enfolded its true beauty - a stunning old-school sherry of the finest kind imbedded in a strong, just slightly bitter oak structure that keeps the heavy sherry contained.  Each of it alone would be too heavy but combined this is a great team.  Very impressive, and no water needed at all.  I just proved all of the above with a saved sample. This is a real Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde whisky!  Very strange and I never had it before that a heavy woodiness simply disappeared due to oxidation..
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is very dark at brown sherry (almost black) and the nose offers an aromas profile which is highly complex on wet raisins, oranges, plums, a hint of cinnamon and many more delicious old-style sherry driven impressions. But the malt is not dead and after some more detailed investigations I find the barley sugars, some floral notes and waxes of the Glenlivet beside the strong sherry and wooden aromas. No, this nose is not balanced but it is very impressive and fun to explore.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is impressive on powerful sherry and wooden flavours first but after the first battles are gone the malt leaves its shelter too. Wow, now it gets really interesting! This dram is a must-chewer, no doubt. Dozens of additional flavours flood my taste buds and all of them are delicious. Yes, the wood is still strong but this is bearable now and wood-heads might even enjoy this, for sure.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives powerful on my palate with an instantly coating texture and some bitter-drying moments of the powerful tannins. The finish is very long and astonishingly not drying at all (what a difference to the dram right after opening the bottle). Water is not needed as it just turns the dram more bitter (what happens quite often with such heavily sherried drams).

  2. SimonOHA scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Old sherry bomb very pleasant to drink, both simple and complex. Faultless in its genre.
    • Nose
      Nose concentrated on different types of varnished noble woods. All the hallmarks of sherry bomb: figs and dates, prunes, but also black cherries. Heavy, waxy caramel. A little cinnamon, a lot of pepper.
    • Taste
      Mouth in copy of the nose, very pleasant. With sulfur in addition, but which does not spoil anything. Perfect alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long, warm finish, on a barely bitter caramel with dried figs. Woody chocolate. Prune.

  3. helmutgw scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: Will be even more bitter, so better no water! 09.12.2017 90
    • Nose
      Very nice, sweet nose. Much of what makes sherry whiskys.
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruits, fruit cake, is getting bitter. The nose is better than the taste.
    • Finish
      Long, becomes (too) bitter, some fruit remains.


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