The Glenlivet-21 year old
Lot 34
The Glenlivet-21 year old
Sold for £250 (US$ 420) inc. premium
Auction Details
Whisky Edinburgh
4 Dec 2012 11:00 GMT

Auction 20098
Lot Details
The Glenlivet-21 year old
Bottled by Robert Watson (Aberdeen) Ltd.
Typed label. Level: very top shoulder. 75 cl. Single malt, 54% volume
1 bottle


  • This parcel of The Glenlivet was delivered in a sealed and unopened carton with Robert Watson (Aberdeen) Ltd., sealling tape and is printed with their company logo.

    Appearance: Polished rosewood; magenta lights.mahogany; Amontillado sherry. Good beading.Thick legs. European oak, 1st fillex-sherry cask.

    Aroma 1): DryOloroso sherry predominates. Macerated dried fruits (figs, apricots, sultanas); fleeting Maraschino cherries, then dark chocolate behind this. A dry nose overall.

    Aroma 2): Water opens and sweetens it. Leather polish, dry orange peel, mango chutney, faded pomander, a very slight trace of dry varnish and scorched wood. Antique luggage in the development.

    Taste 1): Thick texture. A rich, sweetstart, then a taste of old fashioned linctus (Friar's Balsam); mouth-drying overall, with a long, warming finish, and some chocolate in the aftertaste. Drinks well at natural strength.

    Taste 2): With a drop of water, the taste becomesless sweet and less tannic, but it is still mouth-drying overall.

    Comment: A near perfect 'sherried' malt, in the 'old fashioned' style.

    Note: a) Robert Watson & Co was still trading in 1983 (Philip Morrice).
    b) From Jan 1980 capacities were expressed in centilitres, not Fl. Oz.: 75cl until 1992, then 70cl. So it's a fair bet this whisky was distilled in the 1960s.

    Charles MacLean
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