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What can we say - this is now officially the world's oldest whisky at a barely believable 70 years of age. Stunningly presented, immaculately matured - this is the absolute epitome of all that old whisky can be.
On the 11th March 2011, the second part in this series was released, the Glenlivet 1940.
Appearance: The colour of sun-bleached polished mahogany.
Aroma: A mellow nose, at once waxy and fruity; candlewax to the fore initially, which becomes snuffed candle (a thread of smoke), with Maraschino cherries in Madeira cake behind, and after a while an orangey citric note - fresh and juicy, becoming apricot jam. Flaked almonds and whin flowers, becoming light coconut oil.
Taste: Surprisingly lively tasted straight. A smooth, waxy mouthfeel; a sweetish start becoming moderately dry, but not overly-tannic. Dried fig and tobacco notes, and an intriguing light smokiness. A long finish and, for the first time, a hint of planed hardwood in the aftertaste. With a teaspoon of water, the smooth texture in enhanced. The fresh, light sweetness becoming pleasantly sour ('Soor Plooms'), with sooty smoke in the finish.
Comment: Remarkable! No trace of damp wood or must or bung cloth - a delicate, fresh, vital, fruity whisky, but with unusual attributes of waxiness and smokiness - uncommon today, more usual before the 1960s.
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This stuff is like the sweat from Joan of Arc's gusset. Sip it, mix it, put ice in it, it's still gonna taste like damp cardboard with parmesan shavings. Give me Dewar's White Label any day.
5th March 2014
Started to take the comments seriously for a minute the I remember that this is the internet and probably none of the people here have tasted this.
16th February 2014
I think some of you might have missed the point to most of the above posts. They're jokes. :/ I doubt any of these people have ever tried it. Me on the other hand, I had two bottles of it, one I vatted with JW black (because it just tasted too old), and the other I gave to my son for graduating kindergarten.
3rd January 2014
I wld wager a bet that 1% of you poster (posers) have even been near good whiskey. Total buttheads. The biggest butthead of all in above posts is the douchbag who said he let people fight for the drops off his face hair...sick *uck.
8th March 2013
There is no better whiskey and that is that..
9th December 2012
A gift from an old friend, smashed the whole bottle in one drunken night, wish I remembered what it tasted like.
6th December 2012
What a bunch of chumps you are, you wouldn't know a good whisky if it bit you on the nose.
14th October 2012
Nice with iron brew!!
11th January 2012
This must be my kind of a collectable, well done masters in Speyside. Is there any shelved in South Africa!!
2nd November 2011
You stick to your Jack Daniels my friend and leave this for the real whisky lovers.
19th October 2011
Why would anyonne want to mix a 70 year old with cola? You people have more money than sense!
tried this with coke, totally unbalanced it
19th February 2011
just like Heawen
30th September 2010
Anyone know who many bottles there are left ?
10th September 2010
Crack one of these babies open and bottle a bunch of 30cl drams so everyone can have some! Here in Boston 9999 gbp is almost in the neighborhood of $16,000 !!! The decanter is unnecessary; it looks like something from an adult novelty store. Who can afford this with the economy being as it is, unless you're North Korea's "Dear Leader" ? :)
3rd September 2010
Never tried it but going by some of the comments its a shame so many low lifes who dont grasp the word WHISKY have had their hands on it, if you dont appreciate the stuff then drink something else!!
2nd September 2010
How have you all tried it
6th July 2010
unfortunately, here in Brazil it is to much money!
9th June 2010
I am lucky to to say that the liquor store I work in will be 1 in only 2 stores (and both belonging to the same chain) in Canada that will be able to shelve this beautiful product
24th April 2010
Taste is a bit harsh neat, much better mixed with cola or sweet ginger ale.
13th April 2010
This stuff strips paint like nobody's business. I usually use gasoline, but the last time I inhaled the fumes I went a bit nuts and I figured I'd better switch to something else. This is a viable alternative.
If Chuck Norris made whiskey, he'd just have to punch the barrel to knock it back in time. Then, it'd be 1000 years old and better than this stuff.
2nd April 2010
all by the way, how is AIG doing
I just received mine but I was so excited and nervous that I dropped it and it broke.
This makes the BEST whiskey and Cokes ever!!!
1st April 2010
I go between this and my Seagrams7 and there are pluses and minuses to both. Seagrams has fine maple and smokey elements and is a buttery delight. I'm not sure I'd describe Mortlach as word which is a buttery delight to the ears. I think I may put my next random 15 grand into something else like building a foundation for a homeless shelter in Calcutta which I have no intention to finish.
I much prefer Jack Daniels though
Wow, to buy a $17,000 bottle of anything and taint it with a mixer is a real shame. That's like putting diesel in your new Porsche because its cheaper and you can't handle buying fuel at a proper price. You should send that bottle to me so I can take care of it before you try to make a Jack & Coke out of it. Savage.
A wonderful whisky! Very tasty!
17th March 2010
This is a Exprsive whisky, but if money buys thr bedt this is well worth it
14th March 2010
When it comes to rare and old whisky this must be the holy grail! Do you do samples of this (i'm more interested in the booze than the bottle!)?
This whisky is so delicious, it should be called the Ben Erickson 70.
12th March 2010
I was introduced to Mortlach as The Wine Society's own Scotch. The clean fresh taste of the uncut 60% only improved with, in my opinion, a dash of soda water. Utterly world stopping. It's a big step to Mortlach 70yr but believe it or not the price is almost worth it. Dry, waxy and in parts sweet yes, but, the smooth complete taste from nostril to tummy is the real joy. A punchy scotch with a punchy price but please do sell the car - this is worth it!
I was presented with a bottle of this fine whiskey as part of a performance bonus working with AIG, worth every penny, I even let a few of my low level grunts fight over the droplets that fell from my moustache.
W O W (from Argentina0