Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Pernod Ricard
Average price: € 200.00
Official website: www.theglenlivet.com
Glenlivet is a name that’s well known to all: a whisky that is easy to approach, lovable, very successful and widespread.
But, as often happens, even “everyday” labels sometimes launch limited and special editions, and in this case I have in my hands a very exclusive one, created for the Italian market only.
The product of a single cask (35789, a fairly useless piece of information but one that adds colour), this whisky was distilled in 1999 and bottled in March 2016, producing just 102 cask strength bottles. This isn’t the only limited edition from that year, there’s for example a similarly aged one bottled in May from cask 26969, which produced 216 bottles named Blairgowrie.
Meiklour (or Meikleour) is a small rural village in County Perth and Kinross, a few kilometres north-west of Dundee, in the heart of the Highlands.
Why this name? You’d have to ask them…
Straw yellow colour.
The Sherry cask is unusually tame on the nose, sweet but delicate aromas, a mix of cinnamon, candied orange, lemon peel, ricotta… a bit like approaching a Neapolitan pastiera. Over time it becomes warmer and more enveloping, bringing out a drop of honey on the wood.
Well… on the palate… it’s simply butter! The alcohol content gives just the right amount of warmth to the oiliness of the whisky, which is very full and rounded, with a vinous touch that is anything but pandering. Soft, silky, candied orange and lemon embracing spices and milk chocolate with hazelnuts, an elegant and very fragrant whole.
The finish is quite long, of hazelnuts, chocolate, cinnamon and wood.
When they talk about the elegance of Glenlivet, I think they are referring to this whisky, a jewel of balanced sweetness that leaves you rapt and pampered, it’s just a pity it’s hard to find. If they all made them like this…