Glenlivet ‘Pristinus’ 15 Year Old Single Cask

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 01/12/15

Glenlivet sometimes releases single cask bottlings of their own for all sorts of reasons and niche markets. I tried this one last year at a very interesting little pop-up store that they had in Tel Aviv, styled like a European designer lounge. They had their core range on offer to buy or try as well as the Guardian’s Chapter and this fine offering.

Aged 15 years. 58.4% ABV. Matured in a refill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 6193.

Nose: Glue. Coconut. Green Apple. Honey. Macadamia. Toasty oak. Bit of sherry match head notes.

Palate: Buttered toast. Woodspice. Mango peel. Rose water.

Finish: Medium. Woodspice. Lemon drops. Hard cider.

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: N/A

This was a yummy one. A good deal of complexity and body to it. The high ABV really brings out all the flavour in the Glenlivet profile. The only issue I had was the fact that it cost around 300 Euro at the time (I don’t know if it’s still available outside of auctions), which is about double what I’d be willing to spend on it.

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