from each decade from the 1950s to the 1990s. Colour: deep amber. Nose:
starts with this typical fruity freshness that’s often to be found in
these old Glenlivets in my opinion, that is to says hints of ripe
bananas and then quite some melon, orange zests and maybe fresh blood
oranges. The wood is absolutely not dominant here but there are very
pleasant whiffs of humus and then a little camphor and eucalyptus. A
discreet smokiness as well (fir cones fire). Putty. Other than that,
there’s also a little sugarcane, or ‘ideas of some very old rum’. It’s
complex and relatively delicate despite its strength. With a few drops
of water: the sherry comes out, with more raisins and dried fruits.
Mint, camphor and eucalyptus got bigger too and the whole is superb.
Mouth (neat): much more power and rather more oak in the attack,
together with some ample notes of orange zests and mango chutney. What’s
very nice here is that the fruitiness is lively enough to make up for
the slight oakiness, which creates a feeling of ‘bitter oranges and
tonic water’ that’s most enjoyable. There’s also a little smoke and
notes of liquorice and green pepper. With water: same changes as on the
nose, more raisins, more mint and more liquorice. Finish: long, more
herbal I’d say. Smokier as well. Comments: a very excellent old sherried
Glenlivet with all its expected attributes. SGP:662 – 91 points.