Glenlivet Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

The Glenlivet 15yo French Oak Reserve

Review of the Glenlivet finished in French oak.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Pernod Ricard
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: www.theglenlivet.com
Vote: 78/100

After bottling a 45.9% ABV The Glenlivet 70yo in 2010 in a limited edition of 100 decanters, the renowned independent Gordon & MacPhail recently broke all records with an 80yo from the same distillery, whose decanter no.1 was auctioned for an impressive £146.000.
Faced with monstrous ageing processes such as these, today’s 15yo, one of the staples in the core range of the Pernod Ricard giant, risks seeming like a mere trifle. But The Glenlivet, also because of the wide public consensus among enthusiasts around the world, should never be taken lightly, so we approach the dram with confidence and curiosity.
The peculiarity of this single malt, which is very popular and reasonably priced, lies in the fact that it is aged for an unspecified length of time in French oak barrels from the Limousin region, usually used for cognac.

Tasting notes

An inviting caramel colour appears in the glass.
On the nose, the first impact is with an effluvium reminiscent of a dry white wine, followed immediately by a floral scent reminiscent of cyclamen, a citrus fragrance that we associate with orange peel, an impression of shortcrust pastry and a hint of vanilla. Static though it may be, the nose profile is far from unpleasant, but it seems to be penalised by the minimal alcohol content which numbs it rather than enlivens it.
On the palate, the whisky appears light in body and reduced in aromatic range: the orange zest increases in intensity, while a slight spiciness peeps out, with memories of dry wood and a less incisive than expected hint of vanilla. Everything seems muffled, even in the medium-short finish that leaves a vague memory of vanilla and wood spices in the mouth.

The influence of the French oak casks results in more spice and a stronger citrus note than Glenlivet’s usual profile. It remains a whisky conceived and crafted to offer a light (and unsophistry for the ambitious reviewer) dram.

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