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Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 Cadenhead

Knock Out!

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Feb 2021


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Wow, this is mightily old stuff, right? A Glenlivet from the 1970s: how often do you get the chance to try this? It’s a vatting of several casks, actually (although no indication is given about the number of casks exactly), that yielded a malt at 40.2%. You got the hint, right?

O.M.G. Stop the press! Delicious panoply of tropical fruit: melon, kiwi, apricots, gooseberries, mirabelles and coconut. Lovely notes of freshly polished hardwood floors. Juicy honey. Buttercups. A fresh note of mint. Heavenly!

While the body is rather light, I daresay it’s rather delicate. Silky soft like Egyptian cotton. A bit dusty making it old school (note to self: this IS old school), but surprisingly powerful, despite the modest ABV. Lots of honey, apricots and mint. Takes a turn for the mineral, as if I have pebbles in the mouth. Top dram.

The finish is medium long (way to short to my taste) and offers some sudden citrus, both mandarin and grapefruit. The mint lingers, while cinnamon takes care of a final, sweet uppercut at the death. Knock out!

Amazing, nuff said. Today this well set you back some 500 EUR. Manny, you deserve a hug for this one, buddy.

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