Dailuaine-Glenlivet 1997 18 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard.

Nose: Sultry stuff. You can nose this one for as long as you want and not get bored. Soft perfume. Strawberries and cream. Blood orange.  Gingerbread. Musk. Merest hint of chlorine.

Body: Silky with mineral effervescence.

Palate: Intense. Initially creme brulee and blueberries switching to aniseed with some lemon zest and a little balsamic. Really good stuff I have to say. A big, generous mouthful.

Finish: Grainy & chewy in a very good way. Nutty, pears, turkish delight and a little Worcestershire sauce.

Neat/Ice/Water: Not even under discussion. Neat.

Verdict: Superior (knocking on the door of stunning). This is a classy dram and the chaps at Cadenhead’s have chosen wisely. Not sure how available this is now, with only 240 bottles released back in April this year but if you can get one then you certainly won’t regret it. A big, bold dram with strong character. Sweet and savory all at once it’s very very moreish indeed. It comes close to blowing my socks off but just misses the mark.

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