The Glenlivet 12 year old is one of the most popular whiskies in the world and for many as starter dram into the world of whisky. The Glenlivet distillery was founded in 1824 and is located in Moray in the Speyside region of Scotland. The Glenlivet 12yr is also part of the ‘Classic Malt’ range from Glenlivet along with the Founders Reserve, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old which will all follow in feature reviews. There has been two types of 12yr in the market, one is the standard release and the other is the first-fill which can be found in travel retail. The 12yr being reviewed here is the standard release however I heard it is being discontinued in the UK market and being replaced by the Founders Reserve. Now for the tasting notes.
Colour: Pure Gold
Nose: The nose is very inviting with notes of freshly cut pineapple, poached pears, sweeter notes from syrupy heather honey and fudge chunks. Maintaining a balance in orange citrus zest.
Palate: Entry on the palate begins with Grapefruit zest, nutmeg spice as the texture develops ever so slightly into a buttery vanilla notes with a bite of premature picked green apples with the skin on. The longer its left on the palate it reminds me of a summer fruit strudel with a slight white pepper spice.
Finish: The finish begins with pip fruits simmering in a pan, the juicy and succulent fruity character lingers around the palate and the presence of the finish is a medium full body, where the fruitiness slowly fades and leaves a pleasant finish.
AGE: 12 years
CASKS: Traditional + Ex-American Oak
DISTILLERY: Glenlivet Distillery
COMPANY: Pernod Ricard
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
EXCLUSIVE: Not Exclusive
Comments: My overall opinion on the Glenlivet 12yr is that it’s greatly balanced whisky, for those being introduced into the world of scotch or even as an everyday whisky this hits the spot. As for the value and market price some places do sell it for around £35 and also it can be found on special offers. So when you take the aspect of money and quality this is definitely worth the try, however if it is being phased out of the UK market then that would be a considerable drawback considering the great quality it does offer. On that note let me know if you’ve tried this dram and also if it was your starter whisky? Slainte!
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