Long in my opinion the Glenlivet is a counterweight to the Glenfiddich, I have already mentioned that on the occasion of the description of the Glenlivet 18 years old, which I enjoyed.
It should not be a surprise as both distilleries are very well known. I also had the opportunity to compare Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve to leaving, at least from some markets, Glenlivet 12 years old. Today, it is a time for a 15 years old version, 40% ABV.
Thus, let’s get to work ;).
N: beginning evidently fruity: apples, pears, fruit compote, then there is a lot of sweetness with honey, caramel and vanilla, butter cookies, biscuits, again apples, this time baked, also a cake with apples and plums, then even wood elements, fresh wood scraps, freshly cut, wet, wood, the smell is very pleasant – all that I’ve sniffed yet in a bottle; in a glass it is more fresh with a lot of young apples, even a drop of lemon, a little less volatile, and not so intense;
T: at first slightly warming, then emerges sweetness with caramel, honey and vanilla, I still have apples, including green and pears, with a constant accompaniment of gentle sparks on the tongue, also a touch of wood, ginger and bitterness, from time to time you can recognize a touch of plum, tobacco, maybe also something slightly smoky? with a dark chocolate;
F: medium long, fairly sweet with honey and caramel and a trace of bitterness.
Single malt interestingly balanced, very speysidish, the taste a little should catch up the smell. And again, the 40% ABV…