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"Whisky-Distilleries (blind) Tasting Sessions"


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Glenlivet 1977-2010, Celtic Heartlands

Celtic Heartlands
33 years
Alcohol percentage
47,7 %
Murray McDavid
Distil: 1977 Bottling: 2010
1358 btls
(enhanced in Chateau d'Yquem casks)
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Tasting detail data

Highest rate 90/100
Lowest rate 72/100
Difference 18
Average 84,58


Total number of tasters 19
Excellent 1
Very good 7
Good 4
Medium 3
Bad 0
Glenlivet Celtic Heartlands

The first nose has very discrete marine and medicinal notes, with a pastry veil, tender and very sweet. Soon afterwards revealing a very nice complexity, starting with sweet asserted and very sweet notes (marzipan, sugar cane), in a very 'rummy' mood, then go towards marine and saline notes where we can even detect a hint of smoke, before ending on a fresh taste and medicinal eucalyptus. Very nice trip to the country of flavours, with a alcohol rate well integrated. A little difficult to open though, but nevertheless very promising.
The palate confirms the complexity and the beautiful building of the nose. We are dealing with a great whisky. Without being exuberant, the mouth is dominated by peat, marine influences and a little tar, after an attack on very sweet or watery fruit salad and honey, still allowing the comparison with the rum. Reveals a hint of spice and heady flowers. A mouth very rich in flavours, but with a difficulty to be precise. Aeration will allow sweet notes to take precedence over the sea flavors.
The final, long, is dominated by peat and sea salt, with just a touch of wood and fruits (strawberries and almonds). A wonderful memory of warmth mixed with salt will remain for long minutes.
In conclusion, a good whisky. Aeration once the bottle opened should clarify a bit the mouth .

Color: Gold
Nose: Starts on wax, honey and yellow fruits.
With aeration It becomes greedy with notes of sweet honey and sweet pear.
Then again wax mixed with mineral notes and a touch of smoke in the background.
We end up with beautiful notes of iodine and lemony.
Nice development.
Palate: The palate is less complex, it was honey and cereals and marine notes, iodine.
Some autumn fruit and spice in the background.
Finish average with a slight astringency.
Pity that the mouth is set back from the nose.

Nose: Attack on alcohol, then sponge cake, agave syrup, slightly aniseed. Becomes softer after a few minutes of aeration. A touch of red fruit, slight sensation of creamy chocolate. The pastry side is dominant, accompanied by fresh mint. Very nice.
Taste: Alcohol is now pretty mature. The pastry side is the guideline, but with notes of tobacco, which adds to a feeling of cherries, close to a clafoutis. It's very good, the style of whisky that appeals to me.
Finish: Slightly astringent, the creamy side disappears, not very long. The pleasure is in the tasting.

Appearance: Riesling, some legs flowing quickly, others remain virtually glued to the glass and flow like oil
Nose: mild to moderate, alcohol is noticeable but not annoying (disappear with aeration), slight sweetness and citrus freshness , vegetables, sweet spices, all on a background of cereal / pastry, noble rot (? truly present or is this a fantasy because of the finish), the finish is so well integrated that we do not recognize
Mouth: creamy, after pepper and walnut skin (so slight bitterness and dryness), from the mid-palate and the soft side grain back to form a nice balance
Final: average flavorings finish
Conclusion: A very fine whisky and melted that requires much attention. A whisky to drink alone or early in the tasting

The nose, what a sweetnes ! Praline, plum, subsequently becomes more fruity, tangy. A little waxy, cooked apple. Fragrance, and a little woody. In the palate, silky as the nose, and then becomes acidic, citric, fruity, spicy, and a wave of wasabi. A bit of heather, salty. The finish is slightly astringent and woody. Waxy.

Nose: Sweet. Attack on ripe fruits, citrus, peach, pear, banana. Exotic touch. Honey brings a nice roundness. Greedy. After aeration, it becomes slightly floral. Some notes of solvent, not unpleasant. Light oak too, but without any astringency. Nice complexity.
Taste: Hot. Faithful to the nose, we find the same fresh ripe fruit. Still this honey, too. Hint of vanilla. Syrupy texture. Notes of solvent. The wood is more present than in the nose, with a slight astringency. A little spicy.
Final: Average, woody, slightly spicy with notes of solvent.

Color: Gold medium.
Nose: Very appetizing. Fruit and grain. Dried apricot and tangerine. Malty beer. Biscuit (small butter). Then the wood extracts are more present. The fruit is drier, more biting, coupled with a slight bitterness. The beer is hopped over, and grapefruit notes appear. More spices too. Nutmeg and cardamom. And maybe some sage. And something that evokes the glossy as a new magazine fresh out of the box. Nothing monstrously complex, but all is nice.
Taste: Lots of vanilla in the attack and that same fruit the nose. Quite soon, some roughness, some astringency appear. Wood has clearly given a lot. Maybe a bit too much? Evolves on a point of salty licorice and a touch of geranium.
Finish: First pleasantly floral, it is maintained by a finally rather elegant bitter grapefruit reminder.
Comment: After a initial easy and delicious contact, this is a malt that is more sophisticated one might think.

Nose: sweet spices
Taste: cinnamon, milk chocolate, hints of yellow fruits
Final: medium

Color: Gold
Nose: it starts well with wax and honey, followed closely by the very slightly sweet sour apple (and browned in butter). It's rather subtle and very pretty. Less exuberant than some Clynelish, but very enjoyable.
Taste: essentially dried apricot (always mixed with butter) and honey. The alcohol is well integrated. Bitter almond aftertaste. It draws almost to the custard with a hint of flower.
Final: average over the dried apricots.
A pleasant dram, light, well designed on honey, apples and dried apricots. The nose and palate complement each other well.

Gold color.
First expressive nose, fruit (yellow fruit), honey. It dims over time, and develops on the spices and wood and some vanilla notes.
The palate is soft, on spices, woody. The wood is too present for me.
Final long enough, not very intense, slightly honeyed, spicy, oaky.

Color: Gold
Nose: Delicate, fruity sweet pear or apple. Further, some fruit chewing gum. On aeration, it is clearly on exotic fruits.
Taste: Fresh, fluid. More powerful than the nose, it becomes drier in the long run at the limit of astringency. A little spicy with a taste of dry wood. One retains the fruity nose.
Finish: Medium length. A pungent return in the mouth and still this dry wood.
Otherwise, the rest does not speak to me. Too bad.

N: apple chard, cherry tomatoes, brandy, rosewood, toffee, sweet long accurate.
M: brandy, custard, rosewood, single, simple monolithic,
F: Spirits, balanced, long lack of personnality

Nose: too gentle, exotic and white (pear) fruits, green grass
Mouth: quite hard to define, in line with the nose, but mostly on grass and white fruit (pears in syrup), reminds (good) brandy, alcohol is obviously present
Finish: quite short and a bit (too) dry

The nose starts with notes of vanilla and very fragrant flowers (Lila?). It also evokes the almond paste combined with fruits (fruits white / yellow fruit). It then evolves on the grass and fresh spices.
On the palate, the attack is slightly sweet. It recalls the nose (vanilla / flowers) and seems a little rough (light woodland). The finish is moderately long but nothing extraordinary.

Color: Yellow Gold
Nose first on a nice fruity notes but that fades quickly to leave the spot, without disappearing completely, to cereal notes, on the white bread crust. Some fruit alcohol, on raspberries or cherries in brandy. A strange duality.
Taste: sweet and creamy, oily. The fruity notes are more obvious than in the nose.
Final: Moderately long, hard to describe, but gives a good overall impression

Color: Gold
The nose is very soft, fruity, vanilla and honey. No aggression whatsoever. A delight for lovers of sweetness. No complexity rather than by cons ...
The palate starts with an impression far more acidic than that announced by the nose. Green apple with a little honey and a rather obvious presence of alcohol. More complexity to the nose as well. Fortunately the feeling of alcohol disappears fairly quickly.
The finish is long and unlike the nose, which was bland and the mouth that it was acidic, the finish is pleasantly bitter.
Quite a confusing whisky and very different depending on the phase of tasting.

Very floral, honeyed nose. Slightly fruity (green apple). Some vanilla, pound cake. Nice, very nice!
Taste: Sweet, vanilla and slightly bitter (orange peel). Alcohol is still very present (peppers).
Finish: Vanilla with a hint of smoke and marshmalow. A lot of spices, slightly astringent

Nose: very fresh, fruity, on citrus. Very very slight smell of vanilla. alcohol very discreet, not too far. Little complexity.
The dilution does not change much
Palace: faithful to the nose. Fruity, no trace of vanilla. Alcohol rather discrete, slightly peppery after dilution.
Final short to medium on citrus.

When serving, you are assailed by rubber. Not burning rubber as can be found in peat, no, simply recently vulcanized rubber and which therefore leaves transpire sulfur hints , quickly making room for vanilla pastry cream. With a little aeration another palette unfolds with polish, some herbs, a little chalk and cardboard, remote white fruit (peach, apple). It is really watery , and very light. In the mouth it is evasive and then comes the spices, a woody bitterness, clear alcohol, distant traces of eucalyptus and almond . The final, short in length and intensity, continues on this unpleasant bitterness , and astringency is complemented by a strong, equally unpleasant but luckily marked by clear mint , and anise touches.
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