Insider knowledge: Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail) whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail) whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Before i start with my review let me just state for the record "I HAVE ACTUALLY TASTED THIS WHISKY" any in doubt will be able to check out Whisky Wednesday video blog for the tasting i did with my good friend and fellow whisky enthusiast Joe Ellis. And no i am neither rich or moronic enough to spend a months salary on a bottle, I was however lucky enough to be invited to share a sample of this old & rare malt, and no this is not the best whisky in the world and just goes to show age is no real guarantee to the quality or style of whisky as this comes across almost youthful with its pale amber colour and fresh Speyside waxy citrus nose. I also got hints of rose turkish delight, sugared almonds, aromatic wood sap, freshly polished wood and lemon cake icing on the nose. The palate has an initial burst of spicy tropical fruit, creamy/oily texture that leads onto an elegant and balanced mouth feel of leathery/oak & orange fruit loaf combo. Hints of the 1st fill sherry cask that this whisky has been basking in for all those years creeps in and the only let down for me was the fairly flat & drying finish but no doubting this is a class act for a whisky so old. A masterclass of elegance and balance and at no point did i think of reaching for the mountain dew!
29th August 2014
during my gap year had a crazy night with my old harrow buddies, hahaha tastes delish!! even if i did mix it with cola
21st February 2014
I gave this to my granmda on her 70th birthday. She did not live to be 71 :(
24th July 2013
Some damn idiot wants to mix and match scotch and sour mash. That's all you need to know that this is a genuine dip s--- that chug a lugs instead of enjoying the smell. I will give you 5 stars just for having it around.
20th March 2013
I would like to express a thought to consider to anyone who can afford to purchase this product. If 20000.00 is not an issue, why not 40000.00, for every 20000.00 you spend why not donate another to charity.
27th January 2013
Pour a small amount into a small glass with a short stem.Hold by the stem swivel the Nectar,stick the snitch well into the glass and inhale deeply,repeat.Add a tiny drop of highland water to release the vapours,take a small amount into the mouth and let the taste buds get to work.Swallow and appreciate. NOW have a Dram with Friends who understand quality.
16th January 2013
Although not a big scotch drinker, I do know it meant to be enjoyed alone, not mixed, and what fool would mix any liquor that is aged beyond 2 weeks.......duh
15th December 2012
Received a bottle from my uncle, was dazzled when I seen the price of this bottle, far more expensive than my usual drink. I can say right off the get-go that this Scotch is much more unique than the rest of what I have tried. The taste started out with a strong citrus-like taste too it, a little rough; however not too much, Perfect I must admit. Then it moved towards sweet phase, almost like the taste of the Icing on a Cinnamon bun with a tad bit of Brown sugar.
The Sweet flavor I found to be a little stronger than what I enjoy as I am not much of a fan towards that style of scotch. Even with that being said This is still definitely the best scotch I've tried and by a long-shot.
Note: Mixed about 1 2/3 (Shot Glass) with some Pepsi and personally I found it to be fairly bad comparing to the original taste. The Citrus flavor from the Scotch then the Acid like taste of the Pop Kills it, not to mention it's sweetness becomes overwhelming. Therefore I'd recommend not mixing this, although I doubt anyone that actually had a bottle of this would. Well That Voids out a great deal of these fake comments on here.
13th December 2012
At 81 years and a scotch drinker for about 1/2 of that, and single malt
for the last 20, I have only made it to the 18 yr level.I can't imagine the pleasure of 70 year old glenlivet. As for the idiots on mixing with
anything probably woudn't recognize good scotch whiskey if they were
drowning in it.
1st November 2012
A Spirit of this level really should be more difficult to obtain than Cindy Crawford in a maximum security prison. The Nouveau Riche of this country prove that the United States indeed has fallen from within. Saddest of all, not one of these cretins could possibly understand this comment! ANY single malt, much less this 70 year old, mixed with the poisons mentioned?? If I ever even had that thought I would put a slug through my skull! These " single-celled" creatures had best be glad that they have an autonomic nervous system, for without one they should surely forget to breathe,to digest, to eat-to even be alive if they indeed were alive when they tasted this incomparable offering! Tragic-just tragic. These same " kree-chures " are our teachers, police, and doctors, politicians and more. Tragic. You cola critters will no doubt have to have someone else look up and define "tragic" for them. I will now have another dram of my favorite 18 year old " The Glenlivet."
12th August 2012
I was invited down to Olympia, WA to a trade conference with the Japanese consulate, where they had exactly ONE bottle of this, and I was allowed exactly 1/2 of a (short)shot's worth. Even that was only because I was friends with a member of the consulate team who I'd known as a exchange student/pen pal for over ten years and he gave up his glass to me. Someday I'll find a way to adequately repay him.
Smooth doesn't even begin to describe this. It's been over three years since and I still remember that. Was barely enough to wet the tongue, as I'm a bit more rough when it comes to alcohol being a working 'blue collar' type, but the flavor! Anyone commenting that compares it to JD, Beam, or god forbid, mixing with Coke, doesn't have a clue as to what they're talking about.
18th July 2012
I can't believe the webmaster of this site has not deleted all the callous and childish comments about this Scotch. I just tried the 25 for the first time. It was almost orgasmic.
11th July 2012
A Spirit of this level really should be more difficult to obtain than Cindy Crawford in a maximum security prison. The Nouveau Riche of this country prove that the United States indeed has fallen from within. Saddest of all, not one of these cretins could possibly understand this comment! ANY single malt, much less this 70 year old, mixed with the poisons mentioned?? If I ever even had that thought I would put a slug through my skull! These " single-celled" creatures had best be glad that they have an autonomic nervous system, for without one they should surely forget to breathe,to digest, to eat-to even be alive if they indeed were alive when they tasted this incomparable offering!
Tragic-just tragic. These same " kree-chures " are our teachers, police, and doctors, politicians and more.
Tragic. You cola critters will no doubt have to have someone else look up and define "tragic" for them.
I will now have another dram of my favorite 18 year old " The Glenlivet."
8th May 2012
UHH WASNT THIS SUPPOSEDLY A "RARE AND LIMITED" WHISKEY? I LIKE HOW BASICALLY EVERYONE TRASHED TALKED THIS DRINK WHEN SUPPOSEDLY ONLY 100 BOTTLES ARE AVAILABLE..AND YET IT SEEMS EVERYONE HERE HAS TRIED IT..WOW. AND SERIOUSLY?..MIXING THIS DRINK WITH PEPSI? COKE?..MOUNTAIN DEW?...WTF!..CLEARLY DONT HAVE THE CLASS AND DEFINETLY NOT THE MONEY TO PURCHASE THIS RARE FIND..dumbasses..mixing with Mountain Dew..wow..should be shot fot that
21st April 2012
Alas!! I shall never taste this enigmatic dream. I can only express my interest and longing. I hope the privileged minority of people who managed to acquire a taste of this special whisky will share their experience and thoughts with us mere mortals. Please do not let the, "coke mixing liars", affect the genuine tasters interest in this seemingly unique product. I am sure I speak for many who enjoy whisky when I express a desire to share in your experience, even though it is only in writing.
8th March 2012
I cannot believe all these pansy-asses mixing their drinks like cheerleaders.
17th February 2012
I like to first pour some of this in a cup and then stick the top part up my pooper
That with trying to hang myself dressed as batman can really get that great old taste you're looking for
so man up and spend twenty grand for this bottle along with your belt and bend over
you only can be sure when you try
Also why is Canada on here, everyone knows Canada doesn't drink liquor
11th February 2012
All the people with negative comments on this work of art
Have never even tasted johnny walker green lable,let alone afford a 15 year old Glenlivet.This is great whisky,worth way more than the asking price
3rd February 2012
I've not tasted it, but can only assume that the major number is people who wrote comments below are uneducated American's who think Jack is worth drinking and that Whisky is spelled with a "e" in it. Send me a bottle and I will add it to my bar with over 100 different bottles of real Whisky and all of Glenlivet's bottles except for the 40 and 70 year old one.
27th November 2011
tastes like fozes piss
24th October 2011
Received as a gift/inheritance as I was the only one in the family who appreciates great single malts. Enjoyed it immensely. I too found the nose amazing, with citrus overtones, vanilla and honey. On the palate it was rich and long lingering-very smooth going down the throat. I find it hard to believe any spirit is worth this much money, but the price was not something I had to worry about.
21st October 2011
Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom
12th October 2011
OMGOID His name is MacPhail...FAIL!
I also was surprised by the reviews when 1) who would mix whisky with coke etc. 2) who would buy a £12k bottle of scotch and mix it.
I only wish i had an opportunity to taste this creation, am extremely jealous of "quite obvious" wish I had a friend like his.
11th October 2011
It's quite obvious to me and others that many of the "reviews" on this scotch, possibly about half, were done by the same person. Once you realize the same spelling/grammatical errors as well as punctuation and capitalization... clearly someone simply has a personal issue with either Glenlivet or Gordon/MacPhail. Especially once you factor in their ignorance on the subject of whisky and having no remarks regarding the flavor. The price of this batch alone tells you that not this many people would have had the privilege of trying this, much less have found this site and deliberately looked for this one portion to write a review. I mean really, what dolt would really take "shots" of something like this. Anyone with half a lick of sense that knows even the most minute and basic details of whisky knows you don't shoot a quality scotch, and certainly not one of this caliber/price. ------ Now, with the exposing of the childish play of the 1 poor pitiful soul plaguing this page is out of the way, I shall get on to my review. I was lucky enough to meet someone recently who enjoys scotch as much as I do and allowed me the privilege of tasting this amazing creation. I rated it a 9 and not a 10 simply because I felt the citrus flavors I took in almost came in the wrong order of some of the other flavors. But definitely not to the point where I would give it anything less than a 9 or say I did not thoroughly enjoy it. It's just a preference. I will note, that I was offered this neat, and was not told what it was ahead of time and was asked by the host to try it first. The appearance gives a look of a whisky you would see in an old WWII movie. The aroma is nothing short of phenomenal to the point where you almost want to leave a few drops in your glass just to continue to breathe it in long after it's gone. Ironically when I tasted the first nip I was surprised and confused. It certainly gives the impression of something from another generation. It almost coats your mouth with a slight thickness not common in any other style while at the same moment giving what I would consider a mild citrus tang that quickly turns to a sweeter citrus. As the "coating" effect starts to fade you get a sweet almost dessert like flavor that turns a bit salty, pleasantly I might add. Something I have never experienced. If the fruit flavors to me didn't seem to be limited only to what seems to be citrus, it would have easily been given a 10. When I was informed what I was tasting I was almost floored. My only disappointment... was that my host only shared about 5 ounces with me. For the person repeating all of the same negative reviews... 5 ounces is equivilent to about 3 "shots". It's clear to us you've never tried this stupendous creation otherwise you would have more of an effort to actually taste it rather than shoot it and get it over with. Stick to your Jim Beam mixer blend of bourbon. Seems that will be the extent of your tasting ventures when it comes to whisky.
20th September 2011
to sell sample bottles of this.
I would love to try it but a recession friendly single dram would be the only option.
8th September 2011
It's realy nice bottle, i have 2 in my collection and not try yet
18th August 2011
Not only did I have to pay for shipping, but when recieved the straw had fallen off and I had to neck it. I'm never doing that again. A Winehouse.
15th August 2011
yum, 1940's, and you can tell! if you want to taste a war drink this!
13th July 2011
the coke joke stopped being funny after the first post, if it was ever funny at all. Bunch of REAL original thinkers here
29th June 2011
This is why some people should not be allowed near computers. Lucky if most of them can spell scotch, let alone be old enough to buy any.
27th June 2011
Man come om mixing70 year old scotch with coke or DP man you guys are nuts and at13000 € man get real
19th June 2011
I am one of the people that actually drink The Glenlivet and I can't believe that all these people have bought or know someone that has bought The Glenlivet 70. Y'all did read where they only released 100 bottles. Duh Stop making stuff up! I'm sure 70 is has a nice finish, probably surprising at first.
10th June 2011
How many people who have commented here have actually had anything close to a 70 year old whisky? idiots
5th June 2011
i wonder if half the people that posted here actually tried this one...I think not.
1st June 2011
(translated by google translate)
Nose: Peach, freshly sawn apple, pineapple, orange and weak hints of smoke. Overall, very fruity, fresh and awake.
Taste: Some salty, chocolate, fudge a little sweetness and a little almond. More of tropical fruit. But by far the most remarkable of these is the lack of wood spouse that we thought would be there after 70 years in barrels. Certainly there is very little fattoner in it, but there is nothing to disturb - quite the contrary.
Aftertaste: is incredibly long and just when you think it is about to end, it will develop new flavors.
You can not judge this whiskey is fair. I know that it is 70 years old, I know that it is incredibly expensive. But I also know that it is really awesome. There is so much tastes and nose that you get teary-eyed with happiness when you sit with it in his hand.
7th May 2011
But this thread makes my day and wins at the same time!!!!11
6th May 2011
How many times can one moron rewrite the same bad joke? lol.
5th May 2011
This would surely be the ultimate among scotch whiskies.cant wait to get my hands on one of this treasure.
26th April 2011
When did everybody start trolling this. Learn to appreciate real whiskey. Never had a chance to try it, but I'm going to bump the rating since all the A**holes keep negging it down.
18th April 2011
15th April 2011
Whiskey for the boys 'a toast to Noble team MIA'
The contents made a pretty decent antiseptic. We had to rinse with redbull to get the stench off though.
10th April 2011
13,000 pounds would feed an entire village for a decade.
In the interest of lessening the douchiness of your commentary, can you please remove the extremely snobbish comment that will either be directly above mine or all the way at the bottom depending on your layout? Don't worry, I still love your company and a few comments by arrogant pricks won't change that. We should all be straight faced 24/7 and never make jokes when especially when drinking.
6th April 2011
In the interest of sensible adult discussion could you please remove the idiotic comments above disguised as reviews. They are not helpful and quite frankly put me off dealing with your company. When a product such as the Glenlivet 70 Year comes about, we should be in awe of the achievement instead of regressing into giggling tits.
3rd April 2011
I can see why this is in a teardrop bottle, because you cry when you drink it...Jesus created this from water, and sold it to glenlivet's great great grand pops
You have to enjoy it to appreciate it! A shot and a half in a glass with either one ice cube or a dab of ice cold spring water. Let sit for a few minutes and enjoy.
25th March 2011
Master of Malt, please take the time to screen these reviews before posting. I'm interested in educated reviews, not reading the dribble of idiots.
23rd March 2011
It gave me a horrible hangover and a headache... DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT drink the whole bottle in one sip.
22nd March 2011
Its unfortunate that masterofmault needs to suffer from a bunch of prepubescent teens looking for an avenue to direct their retardation.
21st March 2011
Tried mixing it with Coke, ended poorly.
Then i realized, i mixed it with even amount of Fanta and grape juice and lots of ice....great combination
Sucks on it's own, but makes a great long island ice tea.
this glenlivet was over priced to say the least i bought a bottle and i expected for my money it would be worth it but it smelled like alchahol and burned when i drank it i want my money back! but good with dr.pepper
It's very bitter on it's own. Add a shot of it to milk and nutella and it's savage.
Below average to be honest, had a smooth taste, with a slight kick. But tasted great with coke.
Best with red bull eh?
To the moderator of this site, the comments talking about mixing this with pop and giving it to their maids are from 4chans /b/. As I LOVE A good whiskey I wanted to let you know so these comments dont affect the hard word you put into this malt.
Sorry guys ;)
First of all, it is a decent whisky.
Sharp on the tongue, with a wealth of fire which breathes down your neck. Slight metallic undertones coming through until the finish, which nicely rounds off this mediocre spirit.
Definitely not worth the £13000 - unless you get a 12 pack of Cherry Coca-Cola with it.
I am currently using it as a mouthwash
this is more expensive than gas prices these days and it tastes about the same
Much rather a good Vodka to wash with, not worth the money. Drank it and it tasted like pepper.
After I poured out the liquid inside the bottle down the sink, it made for a lovely vase for my daffodils.
I like to wash my face with this stuff. Opens up the Pores real nice. gets all the gunk out.
Sampled some at an evening mixer I attended with some cohorts. On its own it was rather bland as far as aged whiskies go, but once mixed with some available cola I found it to be rather palateable.
Well I must admit that this one is quite a heavy weight. Friend of mine brought two bottles on my ship and we finished them. I throwed up for two days. Possibly our fault in drinking 5 vodka bottles simultaneously.
Getting some Rola Cola tomorrow - will let you know if this improves the flavour
I had the chance to dine with the CEO of Coca-Cola, and he presented this wonderful whisky in order to be mixed with some of his personal selection of Coke '98.
The mix was heavenly, removed the weird malty taste and let the sweetness and aromas of the coca-cola really develop.
Still tastes of whiskey and burns the throat up something rotten. Also, for that price you can buy 15,000 litres of chocolate milk. Pretty sure I know which tastes better....
I uncle got me a bottle... not bad but I ended up mixing it with mountain dew after the second glass.
So basically I had to sell my car, television, and re-mortgage my house to purchase this fine brown liquid. Was it hell!!! I've now divorced my wife in the hope I can remarry a richer woman who is able to purchase this delicious spirit by the crate. Do whatever you can to purchase this mighty mouth pleasing drink!!!
Awful, just awful. I had a few fingers and just gave up... The rest went to the dog.
As the title says, this whiskey is adequate at best. I consider myself a connoisseur of fine whiskeys and this is on par with Johnny Walker Black, maybe (if anyone is feeling generous) Gold label.
I accidentally knocked it off the table and it got lodged into my leg. Solid 7 though
Jim Beam 4 year old has more character in a glass. VERY POOR mixer.
My dad bought this on a business trip nd I got to try some.
It was k, but honestly i prefer J&D. Jack&coke is tha best drink u can get! Tried mixin this with coke but it wasnt as good =/
DO NOT STICK THE BOTTLE IN AN ORIFICE. IT SEEMS LIKE A DECENT IDEA, BUT WILL ALWAYS END POORLY.
Excellent nose of citrus and floral notes.
Mid palate is clean with a hint of peat.
Long finish of salt and caramel.
Excellent with Pepsi and plenty of ice.
this whisky, although worth the hefty price, is really best when mixed with a little pepsi, or coke
This stuff makes excellent engine de-greaser because, let's be honest, it tastes like sour milk and coins.
great with coke and ice. Takes away the whiskey taste and gives you a nice buzz.
I rinse my mouth with a shot of this each night before bed. Does a great job on killing the germs.
15th March 2011
after a few shots of this sub par 70y i moved on to mixing it with coke zero, decent move consider the price of this garbage. this made a good gift for my maid
Give me a Jack and COke anyday. Had a shot of this and it was pretty boring.
14th March 2011
Good with coke
12th March 2011