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Glenlivet Distillery Independent Bottlers Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Signatory Glenlivet 13yo (2007 – 2020)

Review of a single cask from the independent bottler

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry butt first fill
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: www.signatoryusa.com
Vote: 86/100

If we look back over the Glenlivet whiskies we have tasted, we realise that, with the exception of the Nàdurra (bottled at 60.3% ABV), they all had the same problem: the minimum alcohol content of 40%ABV, which literally clipped the wings of the distillate, relegating it to the bracket of drams that, however pleasant, do not leave a lasting memory of themselves. Mind you, there are whiskies that are perfect at 40%ABV (Cragganmore 12yo, for example), so ours is not a question of principle. We are not among the supporters of cask strength at all costs: reducing the ABV is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s always a question of understanding at what “height” the whisky best expresses its potential. Here, in our humble opinion, for Glenlivet it’s not the 40%ABV at which it is often proposed in the core range.
We are therefore curious to taste this independent bottling, signed Signatory, all the more so given that it is a first-fill single cask ex sherry. Distilled in April 2007 and bottled at 46%ABV in its natural colour and without chilfiltration in June 2020 in a total of 417 examples, it belongs to the Unchillfiltered Collection.

Tasting notes

The colour is that of wildflower honey…
…but honey is not the first impression we get on the nose, but an original yellow orange pulp, followed shortly by notes of sultanas, apricots and a spicy hint of nutmeg. Like a grandmother’s cake, shortcrust pastry and vanilla sugar go hand in hand, with a few slivers of milk chocolate to sweeten the whole. As time goes by, floral accents come to mind, bringing to mind both jasmine and magnolia, while a touch of figs completes a profile marked by an evident but not excessive sweetness.
On the palate the consistency is almost absolute, with shortcrust pastry, milk chocolate and sultanas that, like a pleasant musical refrain, cadence the drink, while a note of apricot between juice and jam, keeps company, along with vanilla, to an aroma that closely resembles that of fruit jellies.
In the long and very enjoyable finish, sensations of vanilla sugar, apricot and fruit jelly remain in the mouth.

A Glenlivet as we would always like to drink it: perhaps not too original in terms of taste, but extremely pleasant, comforting and bringing a smile to the face of even the most disillusioned drinker.

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