Glenlivet 15

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 03/04/15

This expression is one of Glenlivet’s more popular expressions. It’s partially matured in Limousin Oak, usually used to make casks for maturing Cognac. This is meant to impart a certain spiciness to the malt.

Aged 15 years. 40%ABV.

Nose: Signature glenlivet caramelised pears.Raisins. Apple Crumble (Rich and sticky). Hints of good armagnac. Thick grape syrup. Honeyed Wood. Sour Cream. Stewed fruit in custard. Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Palate:  Rich wood notes. Raisins. Maple Syrup. Varnish. Cinnamon buns with icing. Dry white wine.

Finish: Medium. Rich fruits. Light Spice. Vanilla Toffee. Dry woodiness and woodspice lingers.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

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

VFM: 4/5

This is by far my favourite of the core Glenlivet range. It’s well priced, well made and delicious. It’s sweet without being too sweet, spicy without being too spicy, just plain good whisky. Excellent for after dinner on a cold night.

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