Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-French Oak Limousin
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Pernod Ricard
Average price: € 69.00
Official website: www.theglenlivet.com
Today I find myself with Glenlivet’s highest base ageing, following 12 and 15 and preceding the stellar 50, in an edition that is actually no longer part of their core range, replaced by a lower strength version (40%) and aged in ex-Sherry casks, called ‘Batch Reserve’, part of the Heritage line.
Of course, there are also the various special bottlings and single casks, which is just a little confusing when you’re looking for information online about the bottling you’re looking at.
Limousin is a region of France that’s part of Occitaine, known for its capital Limoges and for being one of the many wine-producing areas.
In this case, we are talking about oak barrels used in particular for maturing cognac, probably virgin, of which Glenlivet, through Pernod Ricard, obviously has a huge choice.
The nose is initially rather ethereal and not very incisive, taking a while to open up, finally presenting itself with hints of green apple, walnuts and a drop of honey. Over all, a grassy carpet with wild flowers. Freshly cut wood. Subtle and elegant.
The palate is affected by a certain alcoholic sting, accompanied by a strong presence of malt, with more green apple, honey, sultanas, lemon peel. Bitterness of nuts and dryness of wood. Decidedly more discombobulated than on the nose.
Medium finish of wood, green apple, nuts.
Glenlivet’s so-called elegance has gone out the window here! Perhaps the influence of the French oak was detrimental, unbalancing the aromas and taking the whisky further away from the distillery’s signature.
A pity, because the nose wasn’t bad at all.
The Whiskey Jug