Glenlivet 1978 DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
34 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
30 jan 2013 5:09 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 153.00

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Whisky reviews for Glenlivet 1978 DR

One user has left a review for this whisky. Average rating is 91.50 points.

  1. numen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend
    • Nose
      Here's a pretty flower. Obviously extracted vanilla, and a touch of the
      citrus- orange and grapefruit- honey and very fine caster sugar. Really
      floral, almost like some Borderies and Petite Champagne cognacs. In
      fact, it almost draws out red fruit and berry nose. Rose petals, orange
      blossom, honeysuckle. Screw it: strawberries and raspberries in cream. I
      like nosing this a lot. Eventually, I got very subtle tropical fruit
      such as mango and papaya. Pineapple for giggles. And apricot (from the
      tropics. We can square this circle, right?) It's like somebody dumped in
      a load of Borderies cognac into a whisky cask, and found out that it
      turned out pretty swell.
    • Taste
      Thick, and a little more oak forward on entry. Vanilla, orange blossom
      honey mixed with heather and lavender honies. Crystallized fruit. You
      see that there's the fruit and floral influence. After the midpalate, it
      turns more on lemon rind. Lightly malty. Very trace hints of some of
      the fruits from the nose.
    • Finish
      The wood sticks out a bit here, too, but fades over time, turning more
      on zest, vanilla, wax, honey, a few flower petals, and some
      strawberries. It's a little nutty-oily on pralines, something for which
      I'm always keen. The wood is just a smidge loud for me- not at all heavy
      for a gem of this age, but it distracted me from what was otherwise
      awesome stuff. And so it turns out just a hair shy of excellence.


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