Time for the last of the SMWS trio I review this week, a recent one (from July 2014 outturn), a 21 year old Glenlivet: 2.87 – Satisfying as a butcher’s blade.
It was distilled on 14.04.1992 and spent 21 years in Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead that produced 194 bottles.
As I head to UK next month I decided to purchase a few SMWS bottles on the trip and this one caught my eyes following Bens’ recommendation. Ben then was generous enough to send me a sample from his bottle in advance of my trip so I can taste it and decide if I want a full bottle and purchase it during the trip.
Nose: Fresh apples, both green and red, lightly stewed fruits cake, bakery & pastry, rich, meadow, bit of hay, fresh and lively
Palate: Massively fruity, apples, oak wood, white pepper, pastry, toffee, caramelized apples
Finish: Medium length, mostly sweet apples and stewed fruit with hints of white pepper.
Conclusion: This one is a lovely Glenlivet, easy drinking, mellow and fun dram. 21 year old cask strength Glenlivet, guess what? I have a bottle of it is waiting for me!