This weeks Old, Rare, & Open bottle is a true mystery. Welcome back to another installment of our rare whisky tasting series.
Never has a bottle of Glenlivet 1974 16 Year Old Cadenhead Original Collection come to auction. When thinking about Cadenhead bottlings at auction, you might assume that the dumpies would be the rarest. You would be right in most cases. However this Original Collection bottling remains elusive on the secondary market.
There are no reviews for this bottle on WhiskyFun, nor on WhiskyBase, so it will be interesting to see what opinions form when Phil from Whisky Wednesday tastes this dram.
“Glenlivet 1974 16 Year Old Cadenheads Original Collection, 54.3% ABV
Colour – White Wine
Nose – So much lemon! It’s like being back in Italian lemon groves again. Royal icing, pineapple, fruity upside down cake, lemon sherbert, cinnamon, nutmeg, cake mix, almonds and pears.
Palate – White grapes, pear juice, red chilli spice, green apples, caramel, oaky barrel char, banana bread, sage, rosemary, barley cordial, some bitter contrast with grapefruit juice.
Finish – Has some classic, but also some unusual notes to it. Let’s handle the unusual first – Anejo Tequila – there are some real sweet agave notes to this, intense but short barrel spice, caramels and toffee, green banana, hot toffee sauce and more grapefruit juice. The tequila and grapefruit combo is taking me back to Paloma cocktails in Mexico City.
Verdict – From rolling Italian hills to cocktails in Mexico City, this is a wonderful example of Glenlivet that we all want back in the portfolio. 85/100.”
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