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The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Disappointing and overpriced.
"Rich, luxurious aroma of pine, raisins and sandalwood. Notes of brown sugar, walnuts and honey on the palate, that are well-complemented by notes of dried fruits, Christmas cake and baking spices. Finish is long and sweet, with a hint of chewy leather, ginger and oak". Quite a list of 'tastes' that are not apparent nor discernible. Fruit, Christmas Cake and spices, walnuts, brown sugar, pine, honey, raisins, sandalwood, ginger, oak and a 'hint' of chewy leather. Snobbish trash talk for all the hints I gather is chewy leather with the typical Scotch aroma predominant. I will say it is smooth and the finish does linger a bit and that's the best I can do.. I'm not new to Scotch Whiskey blended or single malt and I've been imbibing for over 60 years. Whiskey is NOT wine. Trying to give it all these superlatives like a well aged bottle of vintage wine is an exercise in futility. I had my first bottle of Glenlivet 12 year old, back in '75. The taste has never been the same since. Back then, Single Malts were not the 'in' thing to drink and describing all the 'hints' of flavors contained therein would have made whiskey drinkers laugh. Quality, to my mind and taste has gone down hill due to mass production and demand. I was expecting something very special with this 21 year old Scotch. It's not much different then an ordinary bottle of 12 year old. In short, if you are thinking of spending 25 thousand dollars for a bottle of 50 year old, I suggest you demand a wee dram prior to your purchase.