Glenlivet 14 yo 1973/1988 (59.4%, Intertrade, sherry wood) Colour: amber. Nose: starts really powerful, on what seems to be a mix of ‘smoky’ sherry and resin, and gets then frankly resinous. Fir liqueur and honeydew, something like mead, fir liqueur and even absinth… Goes back to sherry (quite winey) after that, with also quite some rubber (bands), strawberry jam, kirsch… And then pine needles again. Very ‘funny’ so to speak, even if the rubber is a little ‘too much’.
With water: a little less rubber but even more resinous notes. Retsina? Soy sauce. Also more peat… Way nicer anyway, much less winey. Quite superb in fact. Mouth (neat): big and very punchy, starting on fruit spirit (strawberry eau-de-vie and kirsch) and getting then hot, winey and rubbery, just like on the nose. Also notes of rose-flavoured Turkish delights, lychees… A fruit spirit indeed. With water: rounder, less rubbery and fruitier (cooked apricots, strawberries, raspberry liqueur, big notes of blackcurrants.) Finish: long, still a bit wild (the rubber never completely vanished) but very satisfying. Interesting peaty aftertaste. Comments: this Glenlivet is a little brutal when naked but truly excellent when watered down. Certainly not a Glenlivet ‘de salon’. SGP:543 – 86 points.