First Impression: Smith’s Glenlivet 1955 Gordon & MacPhail Bottling

A.K.A. “Christmas in 1955”

The first impression from the nose is promising. Rich and flavourful aroma. Vintage leather bound books from a private study. Apple jam sweetness and an enticing perfume like musk, rose petals come to mind. 
Let it breathe and the nose blossoms. Syrup laced dried orange slices and moist Christmas cake, slight cinnamon and brown sugar notes. It’s satisfyingly wonderful, I can just spend an entire evening nosing this gem.

Rich sherry flavours on the palate, a sprinkle of salt, and then it blossoms up into many flavours. A thick mouthful of brown sugar syrup, juicy raisins and sweet jam. Delicate christmas spices of cinnamon and ginger. The woodiness comes out in the backend to provide a slight but lovely dose of bitterness to round it off.

The finishing is soft and tender, with some subtle Christmas cake notes and a hint of smoke.