Whisky Review #37 – Dufftown-Glenlivet 8 Years Old (1970s)

Dufftown Distillery is founded in 1895 as “Dufftown-Glenlivet Distillery”. Currently owned by Diageo, this Speyside whisky is part of the component in Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd’s blended whisky. Dufftown distillery markets its single malt as Singleton of Dufftown.

This particular bottle appeared to be bottled around 1978 to 1985. There are quite a few versions of the Dufftown-Glenlivet 8 Years Old. Some bottles are 70 proof (40% abv) and some are 75 proof (43% abv). Both versions are claimed to be from the 1970s or the 1980s. We believe that it is possibly bottled in the 1970s and marketed till the 1980s. As for the difference in abv, it could be due to the slight difference in conversion between the Scottish way and the American way. That might explain the confusion. Nonetheless, it is a bottle that is worth your bucks should you choose to buy it.

Our bottle is appeared to be the version of the 43%abv.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Amber
ABV: 43% (75 Proof)

Nose: Strong sherry nose followed by sulphur and ginger spice. Slight peat that fades in and out. (17/20)

Palate: Full spice palate that does not overwhelm the sweet tropical fruits that come in shortly after. Slight coconut and vanilla cream follow after. (18/20)

Body: Well balanced whisky with a good mix of sweet fruits and wood spices. It fills you up like a warm blanket, making it a perfect drink for winter. (36/40)

Finish: Medium to long finish with lingering spice. Vanilla, toffee and ginger ale combines to make a pleasing finish to a worthy dram. (18/20)

Total Grade: 89/100

 

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