The press sample of 37-year-old single malt sure looked like a bottle of cologne. So what would happen if I slapped some of this stuff on my face after shaving, I wondered. I would probably be followed around all day by a bunch of middle-aged guys with bushy eyebrows and last names that started with “Mc," I figured. So instead, I opened the little bottle of Glenlivet’s 1969 Limited Edition Cellar Collection and put some in a snifter.
Since its bottled at full cask strength of 50.8 percent alcohol, as opposed to the 40 percent of most American whiskies, the master distiller at Glenlivet recommends you add a couple of drops of water before you swish and sniff. The aroma had a spicy orange note with an oaky background.
There was a concentrated, honey-like quality to the mouthfeel. I described the sweetness in the flavor as butterscotch; my friend said prunes. Michael Jackson, my favorite writer on beer and whiskey, wrote that a 21-year-old Glenlivet he tasted had a macaroon-like sweetness. I wonder if he was talking about almond macaroons or coconut macaroons? However you describe the taste, it was certainly intense. Like our average Speyside single malt times ten.
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There are only 800 bottles of this stuff available in the U.S. Each 750 milliliter bottle comes packaged in a solid ash wood frame decorated with leather and brass. And it’s yours for only $750 a bottle. Or $4,500 a six-pack. To arrange a purchase, call 877-800-1969. -- Robb Walsh