Dufftown Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Back in October 2016 the SMWS announced that Charles MacLean had handpicked 30 old and rare whiskies to go on sale in the new revamped bar at Queen St and this was one of those drams.
the advice from the SMWS is that this was distilled in the late 1960s but from every other version i can see it would appear to be aTravel Retail only bottle which was available in the 1980's so more likely distilled in the 1970s.
Now released officially as the Singleton of Dufftown it's worth checking out some of the bottles.
It's a fabulous dram though, filled with fruits and hints of Parma Violet which i love, sour cherries and apple pie, tasty stuff and a reminder that whiskies of this era had real character.
A similar bottle is available from specialists like The Whisky Exchange.
You can also pop into the The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Kaleidescope bar on Queen St in Edinburgh to try this dram.
Really fruity initially with a definite sherry influence, dried fruits and sour cherries in syrup, tangy woody vanilla and lots of baked apple pie with undercooked pastry, formal, carnations and edges of Parma violet.
Sweet and spicy, tangy orange peel and sweet light syrup from a tin, vanilla essence and waxy fresh vanilla pods, tinned fruit salad and beeswax, seriously juicy and hints of wood spices
Tangy and ongoing with gentle fresh spices