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Glenlivet 1948 21 Years Old Baretto


Glenlivet 1948 21 Years Old 45.7% 75cl Baretto


Distillery: Glenlivet - Status: Active - Region: Speyside

Vintage: 1948
Age: 21yo
Bottling Date: CIrca 1969
Alcohol Vol: 45.7%
CL/ML: 75cl
Bottler: OB
N. of Bottles produced: Limited numbered series
Series: Baretto Import
Details: With black box



Peaty! The most rare of the Made for Baretto series of Glenlivets and the oldest, a 1948 Vintage in great condition with original box. When even Glenlivet was peaty!

Distillery's Character

Frutta secca

Tasting notes

LIon's | 10-02-2013


A very rare, said to be peaty version of Glenlivet 21yo.

Colour: straw. Nose: oh, what an incredible freshness! There are whiffs of peat indeed, let’s say like in some old bottles of Bowmore, Lagavulin or Laphroaig, but also lots of fresh citrus fruits. Tangerines, freshly squeezed oranges, very ripe lemons… Also great phenolic notes, like fermenting hay, clean horse stable… Goes on with old humid wine cellar, mushroom bed, and then lots of fresh herbs (dill, coriander, mint, lemon balm, chive) and something superbly resinous. Not too far from perfection and extremely elegant.

Mouth: hey hey, lots of body here, despite almost 40 years of bottle ageing. Very waxy (beeswax), with quite some fir honey, rose jam (or rosewater), vanilla fudge and yes, quite some peat. Hints of nougat and praline, earl grey tea, almond cake, marzipan… And also a little cough syrup as often in these old bottles. Not tired in any way, amazing! And yes it was a cork stopper.

The finish is rather long, on dried fruits and orange marmalade with a dash of white pepper, getting just a tad too tea-ish and metallic at the end (typical old bottle taste). Anyway, a brilliant old peaty Glenlivet, extremely classy. 92 points


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