This is ‘The Archive’ from Glenlivet, the oldest of their core range and it comes in a neat book sleeve box thing too. This one is made by blending many casks of various ages and types.
Aged 21 years. 43%ABV.
Nose: Varnished wood. Candy apple. Cinnamon rolls. Raisins.
Palate: Bitter wood. Woodspice. Maple. Christmas pudding.
Finish: Short. Woody. Honey. Cinnamon.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I was a bit disappointed by this one. It’s by no means a bad whisky, age only does good to Glenlivet, and all the rich woody and fruity notes were present, as a matter of fact rich is the word that comes to mind when I think of this whisky, but it was lacking something really unique and special, perhaps some body as well. The price asked for this is quite high and for such an investment I’d go for something a little more unique.