Speyside-Glenlivet 1991 25 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.

Nose: Dusty books, cut grass and toffee. With air it gets more buttery too. Nice.

Body: Medium and syrupy.

Palate: Wood varnish, black cherry, blueberry, flint and Worcestershire sauce.

Finish: Short. Shortbread, light menthol, salt and pepper.

Neat/Ice/Water: 51%. It has a little heat when drunk neat. I prefer this with a little ice. It gets sweeter and some aniseed creeps in. The heat goes down a notch or two to round this out nicely.

Verdict: Quaffable. Quite a nice dram on the whole. The nose is genuinely pleasant and distinctive, the mouth is robust and full bodied yet the finish is slightly lacking. It unlocks very nicely with a little watering and trades density for sweetness. This was from 2 bourbon hogsheads that produced a batch 624 bottles only. This is still available at Cadenhead’s London for £83. Would I pay that again? Maybe not but no regrets over the first bottle…

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