The Glenlivet 40

Sometimes in life you have to take a chance on something amazing in hopes that it works out. This bottle of Glenlivet 40 (bottled by Alexander Murray & Co, sold by Costco under the Kirkland brand name) is that chance that we wanted to take.

Glenlivet 40 bottled by Alexander Murray and Co for KirklandGlenlivet 40 (1972)
Bottled by Alexander Murray & Co

Having spoken to a few other scotch loving gentlemen it would seem there are two schools of thought on a bottle like this.

The first school of thought only cares about what’s in the bottle and the actual scotch itself. A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet and a scotch in any other bottle is still the same delicious dram.

The second school of thought actually cares about the bottle and the distillery doing the original bottling. Snobs. ūüėõ

At ScotchNSniff, we’ve chosen to follow the first school of thought. The one that doesn’t judge a scotch by it’s color or bottle or packaging or name.

With all of that said, let’s review this beauty.

COLOR: Darkened Caramel, ironically Kirkland’s 18 looks exactly the same but that is where their similarities end!
NOSE: Sweet oak, cherries, no alcoholic bite, refined, mellow is an awesome word to describe it, creamy sweet fruits, sweet cream, I can’t speak enough to how sweet it smells, baked apples like in apple pie, my normal trick of inhaling the nose across the palate doesn’t work with an alcohol this subdued, on to the palate!
PALATE: oh. My. Goodness. Some very specific spices just shy of pepper but like smooth butter on the tongue, this dram is SO SMOOTH
FINISH: smooth as a baby’s bottom and as light as a cloud in the sky, this creamy dram is so ridiculously smooth on the palate, coating the tongue like butter without any oily feel, I need a second bottle to save for retirement!
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I feel wrong adding water but it’s a part of our process so I’ll do this exactly once. This scotch needs no water.
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ADDED WATER
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Kirkland Glenlivet 40 Year Single Malt Scotch bottled by Alexander Murray and Co
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NOSE: The cream rises to the top of the nose, the spices have found their way to the nose also,
PALATE: too mellow with a few drops of water, now the flavor has the kick of a cantaloupe, super mild,
FINISH: the smallest touch of smoke to remind you that you’re enjoying a fantastic scotch, I can see what all the fuss is about over this bottling.
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So… is it worth $700?
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If you’re an experienced scotch taster (we’ll say you’ve had at least two dozen scotches for comparison), the answer is a SOLID YES. For us, this was a one time purchase that might turn into a two times purchase!
If you’re NOT an experienced scotch taster (as tested by our PR advisor), it might be worth passing up. Not that your palate has to be super refined but it helps to have a few different points of reference.
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Slaite Mhath!!

GlenGrant Major’s Reserve

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COLOR : clear crystal gold
NOSE : figs, mildly sweet fruit,
PALATE: spices are light, slightly astringent,
FINISH: hazelnuts are legit

ADD WATER

NOSE : brought out the vanilla as the box claims but the spices hidden in the palate are revealed also
PALATE : pleasant, still soft and slightly astringent
FINISH : almost peppery
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This is a solid scotch but not as memorable as a lot of the other scotches we’ve reviewed. And that’s all I have to say about that.
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Ardbeg Uigeadail

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COLOR: Rust and the color of aged Sauternes
NOSE:¬†An initial blast of beef jerky, wet tobacco, peat…PEAT!! After getting past all of the¬†in your face¬†BBQ’d meats you find vanilla extract, light citrus and creamy caramel
PALATE: Intense peaty introduction opening up to a rich smoked pork, wood charcoal and campfire near the sea.
FINISH:¬†Long lingering finish with layers of smoke. So long in fact that after brushing my teeth and going to bed, I woke up to campfire smoke in my mouth like I’d been smoking a cigar from my wedding night.
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My initial reaction to the Uigeadail was that I hated¬†it. The intense smoke, peat and bbq’d meats turned me off completely. I pondered, while sitting in a leather chair and with an inquisitive look on my face, and gave it another try. I think that after the opened bottle had a chance to breath and oxidize a little, its intensity calmed down and became palatable. It’s not my main squeeze but I think it’s a great example of a peated, smoky malt. Enjoy.
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#Ardbeg #Uigeadail

Springbank

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COLOR: greenish peat
NOSE: leather, peat, masked sweetness like fake sugar, masked apple,
PALATE: delayed spices, deli meat but not unpleasant like ardbeg,
FINISH: meaty like ardbeg, slight spice but mostly sandwich meat, bologna

ADD WATER

NOSE: nose is the unchanged devil
PALATE: many much more spice, clean water oddly,
FINISH: a much spicier and meatier finish, pure shite
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So in the same vein of many other peated Scotches, this Springbank is not as peaty as the Ardbegs but definitely more peaty than the Glenkinchie (barely any) and the Talisker Storm (peaty but palatable). I hope that when we (Scotch n Sniff) take a trip to Scotland, we get overwhelmed by the peat smell and forget how to taste it!
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#Springbank #Springbank10
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Ardbeg Corryveckran

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Ardbeg Corryveckran
Ardbeg Corryveckran (NAS)

COLOR: crisp gold
NOSE: wet leather, smoke, peat, sandwich meats
PALATE: more wet leather and rubber bands, spiced meat, spices, medicinal oil, salts, full bodied
FINISH: medium in length, heavy of spiced meat
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Difficult to enjoy thanks to the odd flavors of the scotch. If you’re used to highland or even lowland scotches, this Islay has a character like no other scotch that I’ve had so far. The character is SO different it’s borderline unpleasant. The high alcohol content (surprisingly) isn’t distracting. At 57.1% it really should taste more like alcohol and have more of a burn but not so. If you’re looking to keep your palate fresh for any other scotches in your night, do NOT make this your first.
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#ardbeg #ardbegCorryveckran

Glenmorangie Lasanta

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COLOR: Caramelized Honey
NOSE: Rubberball, light scents of leather, cloaked in sherry, mild sweetness
PALATE: spice, full bodied
FINISH: fresh cracked pepper, little salt
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Finished in Oloroso sherry casks, it shares very little in common with say the Glenfiddich 12 we review last week that is also finished in Oloroso sherry casks. It goes to show that casks may be responsible for the majority of the flavors we taste but not all casks are created equal!
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#glenmorangie #glenmorangieLasanta

The Glenlivet

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COLOR: Russet, light orange and stained pine

NOSE: Golden raisins, orange peel. Red delicious apple. Sweet smelling with hints of spices like cinnamon and cardamom.

PALATE: Smooth, so smooth. Rich with a heavy almost chewy feeling coating the tongue. Fresh walnuts, mint and brewed coffee grounds. Water brings out the oak and increases the citrus.

FINISH: Woody and slightly licorice. The finish is long and reduces from spicy to sweet again.

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Why we’re here

Slainte Mhath Good Health To You!!

What do you think of when you hear the word “SCOTCH”?

Maybe you think of old pretentious men sitting around in studded leather chairs surrounded by books, mahogany floors, and jazz playing in the background.

There are a lot of preconceived notions tied into the word and idea of scotch and we’re here, my brother and I, to tear down some of the misconceptions that surround scotch. We’re all about providing a “scotch-ucation” (scotch + education) to regular guys like us. Guys who are curious about scotch whisky. Guys who want to know how it’s made, why it’s made, why it has flavors in it, and maybe even how to save a few bucks by avoiding some of the over-hyped and overrated scotches. So as we take a journey into learning about scotch, we want you to join us. Have a scotch you love? Tell us about it. Have a review you’d like to share? Do. Know of a scotch you’d like us to try before you go spending your hard earned money on it? Give us a name and an age and we’ll see what we can do!

Here’s to #scotchucation, #CNPF reviews, and #SingleMaltScotch goodness!!

Slainte Mhath!!!