This sample was part of a Glenlivet tweet tasting at which I was lucky enough to try The Glenlivet Alpha (read my review of that little beauty right here.
The 15 year old spends a final maturation in French oak which is supposed to add spicy notes. Does it? Here are the dramstats:
- Price around £39
- ABV 40%
- Age 15
Nose: Ripe banana, citrus honey, baked apple with cinnamon and sultana. Fudge and apricots. Adding water takes away some of the fruity notes.
Palate: Vanilla, fudge and apricot danish with fondant icing and a dusting of cinnamon. Excellent!
Finish: Dark chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon oak. Both the palate and finish are more accentuated with the addition of water.
Verdict: This hasn’t been a Glenlivet I’ve paid much attention to in the past, but the palate is just wow! It has the nomnomfactor and is a really good price. I shall be buying a bottle! It’s currently £31 in sainsbury’s. bargain!