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Review: Gordon & MacPhail Generations: The Glenlivet 70 year old

May 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.

Gordon & MacPhail Generations: The Glenlivet 70 year old, 45.9%, $21,000

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

10 Responses to “Review: Gordon & MacPhail Generations: The Glenlivet 70 year old”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    Just curious– Dave or anyone else who can answer this question: Do the new MA tasters work the same as John for their MA reviews? (I.E. not doing blind tastings)

    • John Hansell says:

      We are not putting restrictions on their methodology. Each has his own style, which you will all have to get used to, but I am confident in their reviews. The good news is that you will get many more whiskies reviewed here and in Malt Advocate.

  2. Nate says:

    As I’m sure I’m not the only one who had to do this:

    med·lar/?medl?r/Noun
    1. A small, bushy tree (Mespilus germanica) of the rose family that bears small, brown, applelike fruits.

    Have any in your garden, Dave?

    • Jon W. says:

      Ha! As I was reading the review, I was thinking “Gee, Hansell is really expanding his vocabulary here; I’ve never had this much trouble relating to his descriptions”. Then I saw the signature.

  3. Dave says:

    Only 21K, I’ll take two…NOT.

  4. Rick Duff says:

    Honestly the taste description doesn’t sound that great to me. More of a novelty due to age.
    I wouldn’t purchase it at 1/1000 the price.

    • Ryan says:

      Toss the palate; how bout those nose notes? Touch of leather and a whiff of mink stole?? It’s not single pelt!

  5. Chris Riesbeck - Gordon & MacPhail says:

    Great to see the review of this very special whisky from G&M. When talking about whiskies this mature I think it’s incredible to take into account how much has changed in the world since the distillate was first put into cask. We rarely have the opportunity to appreciate something that is more than 2 generations old. This is genuine craftsmanship. Cheers!

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