Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection: Glenlivet Decades 1991, 54.4%

Price: $156 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Dave Broom

A quintet of releases showing examples of The Glenlivet from five decades, issued to support The Glenlivet Generations 70 year old bottling. All are available individually or in a limited edition set (50 only) for £2,850; these bottlings are not currently available in the U.S. The youngest of the quintet has been aged in refill sherry hogsheads, but the coconut that immediately assails the nostrils suggests they were made from American oak. Alongside this is the distillery's signature pineapple note which sits under a scented, floral lift. Water adds a further layer of ripe pear. The palate is equally heightened with a powdery feel. It's pretty discreet and I'd be cautious with any dilution. The finish is a mix of night-scented stocks, custard, and green apple. £95