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Review: Gordon & MacPhail (Smith’s Glenlivet) 21 yr. old

August 28th, 2008

Gordon & MacPhail (“Smith’s Glenlivet”), 21 year old, 43%, $125
Well-rounded and pleasingly sweet, with ripe red strawberries, raspberry, tropical fruit, graham cracker, white chocolate, and anise, all on a bed of toffee. Some charred oak on the finish. This whisky has a gentle, soothing persona which I think most people will enjoy (including me).

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86

2 Responses to “Review: Gordon & MacPhail (Smith’s Glenlivet) 21 yr. old”

  1. Mike Dereszynski says:

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the review. Since all “whisky/ey” roads seam to lead to your home.I was was wondering if you had also tasted the Gordon & MacPhail (Smith’s Glenlivet) 15 year old.
    And if so how you think it compares.
    Also do you think there is a chance Tom Moore’s doors might be open during Bourbon Fest. Ive got a bottle of Two Bob’s Bourbon thats rumored to be from his distillery and it would be a treat to visit before I crack it open at the Gazebo.
    Keep telling us what you know cause its a lot more than I do and I appreciate the education.
    Mike Dereszynski

  2. John Hansell says:

    Hi Mike. I had the 15 yr. old several years ago. I have not reviewed it formally. My (partially deteriorated) memory of it is that it was a nice whisky, but not with as much depth as the 21.

    I would think that it would be Tom Moore distillery’s goal to be open in time for the KBF. I know that Lew Bryson, our managing editor, was discussing paying a visit during Fest week.

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