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1974 Gordon & Macphail Rare Vintage Smiths-Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 43%
The origins of Glenlivet Distillery can be traced back to 1815 but it is well known that illicit distilling was going on long before then. In 1817 George Smith leased some land at Upper Drumin Farm, where he continued illicit distilling to supplement his crofters wage. During 1823 an Excise Act was pushed through by the Duke of Gordon - Smiths's landlord - to stop illicit distilling. Gordon then persuaded Smith to take out the first licence and he also helped to set up the distillery at Drumin. Due to the success of Glenlivet, a number of distilleries in the region appended the name Glenlivet to their own. In 1880 J.G. Smith took legal action and the court ruled that there was only one "The Glenlivet".
Other reviews... Nose: Gentle and slow to open. Rich tea biscuits, Madeira, nuts, peach juice, apple core, flowers and dried peels. A light oiliness. Complex and balanced. Palate: Restrained, with sweet honeyed notes. Great width on the palate, lovely soft feel. Water shatters it. Finish: Long, aromatic. Comment: A fantastic old Speyside, which hits a perfect balance between cask and spirit. 43%. 90 points - David Broom (www.whiskymagazine.com)