The Glenlivet 1980 and a Crazy 20 odd hours

Wow, what a trip! Graeme and I travelled down to London on a foggy Wednesday afternoon, took part in a tasting with Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet (where we tasted Glenlivet 1980 amongst others), then we went to the Guildhall to attend an awards dinner. I’ll go into greater detail in a subsequent post regarding the nature of the awards (gotta keep you guessing), but just to say before the dinner, we were faced with two giant banquet rooms with all the alcohol in the World (well maybe not all of it, but most of it!). Dinner was an indescribably decadent affair and the awards were interesting, regal and pompous in equal measure. This event required a fair amount of self-control (as you got to pour your own measures), but don’t worry; Graeme and I are pros. We knew what we were doing. I can say that the company we were in and the hospitality we received made for a brilliant experience.

To give you a taster of the night, this is the first dram we enjoyed. It is the new addition to the cellar collection and we had the pleasure of sitting with Alan and enjoying it.

The Glenlivet 1980
Cellar Collection
427 bottles from 3 American Oak Casks. 43.3%
About £1000

Nose: Blackcurrant leaves, tangerines, apricots, apples and honey. Joel from caskstrength suggested banana bread, so I would love to taste his banana bread (that’s not a euphemism by the way)

Palate: Simple, yet complex and elegant. Like an Old World Sauvignon Blanc. Refined. Cream, pears, apples and a peppery oak finish.

Finish: Pepper and Liqourice

Person and summary: A truly classy whisky. It had panache and style from a bygone era. I’m going to suggest Clark Gable as one of the lasses at the table said that one of us (myself and Grame) looked a bit like him. Can you guess who?

Chris Hoban


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