Glenlivet Signatory Vintage 30th Anniversary Cask 12/1 43.1% 1973
€ 1.399,95 (incl. Vat)
|Cask Type||ogsheads + Sherry Butt|
|Condition||In Original wooden Box|
Serge Valentin (92)
My oh my, the 1973s are 45, already!
Colour: very deep amber.
Nose: halt, stop it! Ylang-ylang, mango jam, rose petals, orange blossom honey, rosewood, pollen, then pinewood, dried figs and dates, mead, apricot jam, sémillon, the tiniest touch of coconut water… Well, this is just unstoppable. Nothing to discuss or argue about here, let’s just move on…
Mouth: you’re always afraid of some unwanted woodiness in these very old whiskies, and indeed they all are pretty woody – this one is – but it’s all a matter of what balances that woodiness, and in this case the answer is ‘a lot of things’. For example, this mango jam, or this heather honey, those juicy sultanas, this pipe tobacco, this cherry liqueur, the dates, the figs, the bits of dried apricot, these drops of mint essence, or myrtle liqueur, or pine liqueur… It appears that this is actually a finishing; well, in that case it’s one of the best finishings ever. Even if it’s no secret that many glorious old bottles had been re-racked, so nothing new under the sun.
Finish: long, with an awesome fruity sourness. Sour cherry juice, perhaps? Also damsons, pipe tobacco, and sémillon wine yet again. Think Sauternes (and drink some, they really need our patronage these days!)
Comments: it’s amazing what Signatory have released for their 30th Anniversary. May I suggest they celebrate their 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th etcetera in similar manners?