Glenlivet 12 – Old Bottling

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One thing that always intrigues me is how whisky that’s currently available tasted in previous decades. To that end I sometimes trawl local second hand markets. Unfortunately with the current whisky boom a lot of people want to sell these things at obscene prices because they see some collectable malt from the same era going for insane amounts on auction.

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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.

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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.

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Glenlivet 1981 The Ultimate

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This lovely little sample is a sherry matured 33 year old bottling of the very well known Glenlivet from a range called The Ultimate by van Wees, a Dutch independent bottler. Glenlivet is often unfairly judged due to it being one of the biggest and most “commercial” brands of single malt. Obviously high production volume does have an effect on quality, but generally single cask bottlings of it, especially ones that have not been watered down or chill filtered, are very good.

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