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Review: 1980s Glenlivet 12

1980s Glenlivet 12 yr. (Unblended all malt) - 43%

1970s or earlier distillate bottled in the 1980s before the term Single Malt was the universal designation for this style of 100% malted barley from a single distillery. The ABV clocks in slightly higher as well. I find the current entry level Glenlivet a bit uninspired.


Notes: Big marshmallow. Soft grain. Tons of overripe apple and pear. Lights florals poking around the periphery. Creamy up front on the palate. Freshly whipped cream. Apples and pear skins. Gets grassier and sharper mid - lavender. Medium finish that dries out with some toasted walnut.

Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Profile-wise, this reminds me of Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt 12 Year. Highly drinkable spring/summer malt. That said, it does play straight forward and won't exactly grab your attention. These 1980s-early, higher ABV offerings are still out there at not absurd prices and represent a very different style. Worth exploring if you have the opportunity.


Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Anything Else To Drink?

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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