85pts Whiskey Advocate
As with the ‘Fiddich (reviewed in this issue), here's a malt where an improved wood policy has brought a dram to life and added complexity. The Glenlivet has always been about lightness, but the trick is to have sufficient solid base to allow its flower to blossom, so as well as lily, orchid, and pineapple, there's a thick creaminess that gently beds all of these flighty flavors down. With water, there's mandarin and rose petal, and a sneeze of white pepper. Simply lovely. Value Pick
92pts Wine Enthusiast
Look for a honey hue and super-fresh, bright orchard fruit aromas. The drying palate shows oak and vanilla, plus darker hints of espresso and clove. The finish is lifted by a pleasing hint of lemon cream pie. Sip or mix.
This whisky has been called a lot of things in its time: smooth, fruity, complex, sophisticated, entertaining, classic. The Original Malt Whisky Almanac says: “A first-class malt. One of the most popular malts in the world – deservedly so.”
Representing The Glenlivet’s signature style, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt scotch whisky is first matured in traditional oak, before spending time in American oak casks that impart notes of vanilla and gives the whisky its distinctive smoothness. The mineral-rich water that comes from Josie’s Well helps form the flavors during mashing and fermentation, whilst the specific height and width of the copper stills add a delicate yet complex character. Keep a bottle on hand for every occasion.
Character: The smooth and welcoming one
Color: Bright and lively gold
Nose: Fruity, summer-like fragrances
Palate: Well-balanced and fruity with strong pineapple notes
Finish: Creamy and smooth with marzipan and fresh hazelnuts