Review: Gordon & MacPhail Generations: The Glenlivet 70 year oldMay 15th, 2011
For the rest of the month, I’ll be posting reviews by some of the other Malt Advocate whisky writers who each have their own defined review area, which I outlined here.
You would expect any 70 year old whisky to be crepuscular, dense, and wooded. Not here. The nose is amazingly fresh — distillery character fully intact — with layers of rancio and heavy florals. In time, there’s candle wax, vanilla, milk chocolate, and a touch of leather, even the whiff of a soft mink stole. Concentrated and complex. The palate is like an ancient vin santo with oxidized nuttiness, quince and medlar, and subtle peat. Hugely expressive on the palate, with a sweet finish. Truly remarkable. –Dave Broom
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90
photo courtesy of Gordon & MacPhail