Dram Review: The Glenlivet 12 Year old

I am very familiar with The Glenlivet 12 year old. It was one of the first whiskies I ever took notes on (though that was well before my blogging days). At my stepsister’s wedding this was one of the very few drams on offer and what started as a full bottle, ended the night as an empty one!

Some have referred to this as one of the first single malts you try on your whisky journey. An accessible springboard into the world of single malt whisky. That it may be, but I don’t particularly like this description. It seems to imply that once you’ve got a bit of experience with single malt scotch whisky, drams like the Glenlivet 12 year old have little to offer. Perhaps that is not how it is meant, perhaps it is. All I know is that if you overlook this, you end up missing out. Here are the dramstats:


  • Price around £25
  • ABV 40%
  • Age 12 years

Nose: Fresh apple and pineapple. Wine gums, vanilla and some floral notes. Fruit cocktail and freshly cut grass.

Palate: Bananas, vanilla and some mild cinnamon spice. Yellow wine gums, trifle, with pineapple flavoured jelly and banana custard.

Finish: Mild finish. Slight drying oak with some faint banana and pineapple juice.

Verdict: This is a really great “summer in a glass” type malt. I love it, it’s a bargain and there is a reason why this is the #2 best seller in the world!





2 thoughts on “Dram Review: The Glenlivet 12 Year old

  1. And #1 best seller in the US. Was the bottle you reviewed a recent one? I noticed a change for the worse in quality lately. They write the bottling date on the inside of the carton.

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