In a direct challenge.
Previously, I took a very good The Glenlivet 18 years old. Today I decided to compare the classic 12 year old with the new NAS – Founder’s Reserve, which reportedly intended to replace 12 years old version, at least in some markets. In Poland so far, both versions are available, we’ll see how long. As you can see the overwhelming trend of the NAS (no age statement) also affected this distillery. It seems that it is inevitable if we analyze the data of Malt Scotch Whisky Association about the age structure of actually maturing distillates.
Well, let’s get to specifics and see what can we get from The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve NAS.
N: light, mild, I expected impact of alcohol, but no, I can feel it here just a little bit, but I have sweetness, light caramel, vanilla and candies – Werther’s Original, traces of orange, candied fruits, apples;
T: here alcohol is more perceptible, it is revealed with sparking in the mouth and traces of ginger, I’ve got a touch of wood, grapefruit, oranges and nectarines;
F: medium length with traces of grapefruit and orange.
Anad now, The Glenlivet 12 years old.
N: here it is similar, sweet, light, of course caramel, vanilla, peach, green apple and pear, nose is probably less intense, but also a little more complex, alcohol is more calm, I also have traces of flowers and freshly cut grass;
T: quite similar as in the NAS, with sparks and a touch of ginger except that it is not as intensified, I also have a grapefruit and oranges, and further apples, with traces of peach, then a little bit of caramel and vanilla, taste is here a little firmer;
F: longer than in the NAS with peach, orange and a touch of hazelnut.
In the NAS I expected impact of alcohol on the nose, but fortunately I haven’t experienced it here. In the taste relatively young age was more evident.
Both whiskies are bottled at a minimum of 40% ABV. They are fulfilling its role as an entry level of The Glenlivet and should satisfy all beginners. I find them rather quiet and unobtrusive. In my opinion they don’t differ significantly from each other. NAS is more sweet in smell and taste is less mature. 12 yo is more adult, shows more fruits, including apples, in the finish I even found a hazelnut. I prefer the second version.