The Glenlivet is one of the biggest brands in the world of single malts. I always used to associate it as a counterweight to the Glenfiddich. I think there is nothing surprising, since Glenlivet has the highest sale among single malts in the United States. This is a Speyside distillery, it lies in the village of Drumin. It was founded by George Smith in 1824 and was the first in the region to receive a license to produce whisky. Currently distillery belongs to Pernod Ricard (including e.g. Scapa, Chivas, Strathisla, Longmorn, Wyborowa vodka).
The Glenlivet 18 years old was bottled at 43% ABV. Probably not without coloring and chill filtering.
N: sweet and nicely peppery at the same time, traces of herbs, vanilla with honey come back in a moment again (it’s that first sweetness), then there is a lot of oranges mixed with caramel and toffee, peach, traces of raisins and plums, all of these accents follow each other and mix;
T: here it is also sweet and fruity, caramel, toffee, banana and peach, with some time there is more gentian, I also have traces of ginger, quite a lot of oranges and honey, then apple, pear, with time traces of dark chocolate and cocoa emerge, I think I find here a drop of lemon too;
F: medium length with peach, delicate bitterness and cocoa, over time it gets longer.
The Glenlivet 18 years old is a typical Speyside representative, nicely balanced and enjoyable. The smell corresponds to the taste, there are no surprises. In this case, you can feel the 18 years that reveal in a good depth and multilayers.
This bottle I’ve had for a long time and for a long time I havent’t look into it. By opening it to the tasting I was surprised that the cork pulled out so easy. It turned out that it had been neglected and didn’t drink for a long time, as a consequence it dried and broke up. These things happen, but it happened to me the first time. In these circumstances, I had to arrange a replacement cork, visible in photos ☺.