Dram Review: Samaroli The Glenlivet 1976

[45.0%・25 Years Old・Distilled in 1976・Bottled in 2001・Samaroli Bottling・Cask No. 5521・Single Cask Release of 648 Bottles]

Nose:

Ahhh, this is nice, soft English toffee, Muscovado sugar, and buttero leather; red tea with just a bit of gingery kick.  Beautifully Sherried in such a manner that embodies the characters of Italian independent bottling as the malt moves in to accentuate the creaminess, so elegant and full bodied, hints of chocolate, oak and aged cigar leaves in time.

Palate & Finish:

This is a wonderful Sherry cask, Christmas cake and syrupy red berries with just a spike of gingery and cinnamon notes, ever so gently pleasing with the wonderful tannins softly layered on, bringing out more dried fruits and berries along the way.

The tannins elongate in the finish, letting out some menthol and vintage leather with the Sherry creaminess mellowing things out, hints of strawberry preserve to give this lingering enjoyment.

Thoughts:

Such dreamy elegance, this really is a great Italian style Sherry cask, one of many from that era but still one for the ages.. this is really lovely.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas