Cask & Thistle (distilled at Glenlivet) 30 year old 1973 Vintage, 46%

Price: $100 Issue: Spring 2005 Reviewer: John Hansell

Its deep amber/ruby color suggests a lot of sherry, and one whiff confirms. The whisky is rich and sappy in texture, with lush notes of ripe sherry fruit balanced by dry, mature spicy oak. There's a pleasant soothing texture to the whisky too, but I do struggle to find the subtle complexities which make some bottlings of Glenlivet so special. There's just so much oak and sherry dominating. At its best after dinner or with a cigar.