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 18 year old is Glenlivet brand ambassador Ian Logan’s all time favourite drink. The second everyone at the tasting put their noses in the glass, there were exclamations on how excellent it was. It is certainly more complex on the nose than the younger standard Glenlivet expressions.
Here are the dramstats:
- Price around £50
- ABV 43%
- Age 18 years
Nose: Toffee and blackcurrant, black ripe cherry, pear simmered in wine, with vanilla. Water releases a peach cordial note.
Palate: Blackcurrant liquorice, cherry pie filling and custard with peach cordial.
Finish: Tingly pepper and oak and blackcurrant boiled sweets, orange peel, baked peach, fading fruit and vanilla with spices continuing in waves that alternate with the fruit. An excellent finish!
Verdict: The Glenlivet eh? What a range. I prefer the 12 year old nose and, for drinking purposes, the 15 year old palate and finish. However, for dissecting a dram, the finish on the 18 just won’t stop giving. Excellent! Only good things to say about Glenlivet on price and otherwise here.