A new tasting note today, the Glenlivet 1977 from Scott’s Selection. As you may know, I am not a big fan of the core range of The Glenlivet, I find most of them a bit dull. Don’t get me wrong, one of the first whiskies I have tried was the Glenlivet 12 year old and at that time I thought it was a fine whisky. It is fresh, smooth and easy to drink, a solid and proper starter whisky. Nowadays I am looking for something with more complexity or a whisky that can surprise me. Then I found this Glenlivet and was very curious if this one could meet my expectations.
This Glenlivet is 27 year old, bottled in 2004 at 53,1% ABV, cask strength.
Glenlivet 1977 tasting notes:
Nose: Fruity notes like pears, canned ananas but also green apples. Some floral notes appear as well. A hint of vanilla. Hay and honey too. When water is added the nose becomes fresher. There are fruity notes as well, but then from kiwi and lime. Also menthol.
Taste: A very soft taste. Vanilla of course. A hint of anise. The hay is back. Toffee. A little bit oaky and the menthol shows up again.
Finish: It is long, citrus, coffee beans, oak and a bit salty.
This is actually a very fine Glenlivet. Extremely soft despite its high ABV. Initially it doesn’t reveal much, but gradually more and more flavours reveal. An interesting whisky with multiple layers.