Glenlivet 12

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 05/03/15

Everyone knows the Glenlivet 12 year old. This Speyside malt is among the most widely available and popular single malt whiskies, and it also happens to be the very first single malt I ever tried. I’d seen a documentary on whisky and realised everything I’d tried until then was a blend, and was very intrigued by this ‘malt whisky’ thing. We’re talking mid-late 90’s here before they were so widespread.

My grandfather, who introduced me to whisky in the first place, opened up a bottle of this which someone had gotten him and let me try some, and I remember how rich it tasted. Since then I’ve expanded my tastes, but the Glenlivet 12 will always be something I think of fondly.

These notes are actually from last year’s Tapuz blind tasting competition. I didn’t expect a whisky so common and the fact that I didn’t know what it was made me really pay attention and notice some stuff I’d ignored before.

Aged 12 years. 40%ABV

Nose: Raspberry juice powder. Oak. Light spearmint. Nutmeg. Vanilla custard. Gooseberry jam.

Palate: Wood. Brown sugar. Butterscotch. Mild salty toffee. Vanilla. Cream. Stewed fruit in custard.

Finish: Short. Stewed fruits and bitter wood. A bit of vanilla at the end.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

I was quite impressed when I tried this one blind. It was very nice to drink given its widespread availability, age and price. I also do quite like the distillery profile. Pity to hear all these rumours that it’s being replaced by an NAS expression.

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