The Glenlivet Master Distiller Reserve is a whisky I picked up a while back whilst travelling through Heathrow Airport. At airports many age stated whiskies are being fazed out due to the popular demand however as whiskies with an age have to be left for the minimum age on the bottle they are not able to meet demand, therefore the NAS None age stated whiskies are emerging. The Glenlivet Master Distillers Reserve was introduced into Travel retail to replace the Glenlivet 12yr and now the Glenlivet MDR can be seen also in the Domestic Market.
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: The initial impression the nose gives is a sherry influence, a sweeter caramelised raisins. As I look over the sweeter notes hints of vanilla ice cream are present with stewed fruits offer a fruiter nose, plum juice and apples.
Palate: The body of this whisky is rather light but does hold its own so I’d say its more towards a light/ medium body. Hints of light spice greet the palate but not overwhelming, the first think that comes to mind is a pink lady apple which has cloves and being baked offering a soft mouth warming spice with a juicy fruity character. It also feels like very ripe conference pears, I also get a sweet fudge chewiness towards the end.
Finish: On the finish I find that I get a medium length which gives a little dry fruitiness and the spice is now starting to fade, it moves into a nuttier notes, mixed of peanuts and hazelnuts.
CASKS: Traditional Oak + American Oak + Ex-Sherry Casks
DISTILLERY: Glenlivet Distillery
COMPANY: Pernod Ricard
PRICE: £30.00 for 1 Litre
EXCLUSIVE: Travel Retail Exclusive but now in Domestic Market
Comments: My overall opinion on this whisky is that it doesn’t need any water as its already light in character and is very drinkable, Its also pleasant and well constructed but doesn’t offer a lot of complexity. If your looking for something enjoyable and not to over the top I feel this would be a great dram.