Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
George & J.G. Smith's
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
10/11/11 AA/AEEG
Added on
10 apr 2012 8:49 pm

Average value

€ 719.95

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61 × member ratings

58 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenlivet 1974 GM

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.74 points.

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A 35 year old Glenlivet bottled in 2011. Part of a ‘master of malts’ tasting.

    A nice older malt that has some beautiful notes, but comes across as a little tired. It’s really nice, but for $1250...well, you can do better let’s say. You feel the low abv across the board here.

    I really struggle to give this a 90, but old malts like this really have something younger ones just can’t, even if it’s a bit tired. So a 90 then.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Old furniture, candle wax, a bit of glue, lacquer, orange oil and some stewed rhubarb, old berries and sea salt. Nice nose if not a little subtle.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Melted candles, honeycomb, old wood, lacquer. Comes across watery with very little power even for 43%. Im not a proof whore, honestly! Smart to have this the first malt of the night or the score would be lower.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Paraffin, bakers chocolate, black tea, old berries. Oak is unsurprisingly the loudest here. Very nice, not complex.

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  3. hawk31 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Dreamdramer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Aromatic and spicy-fruity nose with notes of sherry, spices, apples, oranges, baking spices (vanilla), for a fleeting glimpse a touch of overripe fruit, idea sour-fruity, old oak, a little herbaceous, hint of menthol, hint of smoke?
    • Taste
      89 89
      spicy and fruity, old oak, a hint of freshly ironed laundry, spices, herbs, oranges. A little bit tart and oak-spicy on the finish, slightly perfumed.
    • Finish
      89 89
      spicy with wood / oak notes, spices, a little orange, at the end a little light beer (light malty) fading away.
      Not a grenade but charming and tasty.

  6. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Oil and candle wax, oak cupboards, fermented berries, a meadow of flowers, damp wood, coal, leather armchairs. Has its own old character. Unfortunately only 43% ABV!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Herbs, flowers, citrus fruits, plums, cedarwood, jam and spices.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish rounds off the aromas described above and then flows into tart fruit chocolate.

  7. ScottFrench scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very entertaining whisky! We do not get bored for a second. A very beautiful originality. A series in two episodes with a change of situation at the beginning of the second. The usual suspect of whisky. The mouth brings a completely different facet and plays with our senses. A nice dram, which is off the beaten path. Released around 300 €, it is exhausted everywhere except in some shop that sells more than 500 €.
    • Nose
      Instant: a big presence of red and black fruits: cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, wild strawberry, acid raspberry (jam). It's quite sweet, just enough. Apple, rather on the acidity of the skin, tarte tatin, frangipane. There is a certain austerity with notes of polish, wax, but also more mineral things. On top of that are added notes of precious wood. In the background, we find the classic pastry cream, vanilla, almond, honey. A note of lemon meringue. With the opening, the whole becomes cooler: a touch of mint, even basil. Enchanting.
    • Taste
      Less snapshot than the nose. It is drier with a woody side present, although mastered. Everything is present with much less intensity. Less gluttony on the palate. The acidity takes over compared to the fruits, but the red fruits, in particular the cherry, are always very present and it is rather not bad! It is more austere, more mineral, one even distinguishes a veil of smoke that gives a lot of body to this dram. It's very rich and this mouth offers us a different side of the nose, which makes the moment pleasant and very interesting.
    • Finish
      quite long despite the reduction on notes of dried fruit, oak, vanilla and mint. Fresh.

  8. notesofmalt scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Glenlivet 1974-2011, approx. 37 years, 43% alc. G & M Glenlivet 1974-2011, approx. 37 years, 43% alc.
    Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail (Rare Vintage, Distillery Label)
    Maturation: bourbon and sherry casks
    Region: Speyside, Scotland

    Nose: A pleasant blend of cut grasses on old oak wood table, apricots and various dried fruits. Behind it come almonds, cinnamon and cardamom, also some nutmeg. The painting is rounded off with sugar candy.

    Palate: Elegantly spicy and fruity at the same time, lots of wood, blackberries and cinnamon, ginger, pepper and malt, caramel and vanilla at the end, some apple. The whisky meets all expectations of old age.

    Finish: Very long, slightly spicy, fruity sweetness, dates and almonds, slightly bitter oak, which lasts very long.

    Conclusion: This Glenlivet speaks for itself - wonderful!

    92/100 points (tasted 2016, approx. 480 €)
    I thank the bottler for sample and photo!

    Original article: http://www.notesofmalt.de/notes-Speyside...ca-37yo,-43-GM/

  9. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is a lot more complex than the rest of the dram. But for the nose alone it's worth trying.
    • Nose
      A lot of things hit at once here, need to really dissect it. Polished wood. Some nutty sherry funk. Thatch. Wet grass. Green bananas. Floral honey. Pears in sweet wine sauce. Currants. Bit of wet slate. Bitter chocolate covered berries. 
    • Taste
      Rich wood. Some mulled wine. Walnuts. Woodspice. Orange peel. Also those dried seville oranges you find in a potpuri Plums. More honey. Some flint or cut stone. Sandalwood. Wood vanilla. 
    • Finish
      Medium. Woodspice. Dark fruits, currants, plums. Espresso. Nutty sherry. Bitter wood. Some bitter vanilla.

  10. Finlaggan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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  11. Snerik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This is a real gem, and a very balanced gem. It’s not a sherry bomb, rather refined sherry notes which offers layers upon layers. 
    • Nose
      Wet coal (!!!), toolbox, raisins, roasted walnuts, brown sugar and figs. 
    • Taste
      Ha, my first reaction was “ketchup”. However, that was me misunderstanding the brown sugar notes. And that’s not all. Here’s also some brown sugar, raisins and cacao. 
    • Finish
      It’s medium long/long finish. Burnt sugar (again), raisins and a little coconut. And some figs. This whisky fades beautifully! 

  12. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    LMDW Notice: Made from first and second fill sherry casks, Gordon & MacPhail's Glenlivet bottling is full of exotic fruits, passion and sour oranges. It becomes floral and more and more greedy, on the caramel. Ends on oak and spices.

  13. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA:

    Aroma: Fragrant, fresh petals and fresh cut grass. A persistent, subtle sweetness follows.

    Taste: An outbreak of chili spices with an underlying sweetness. Berry fruit lingering influences and a touch of vanilla comes to the fore.

    Finish: Long lasting. 


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