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Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill

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Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill

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  • Brand: Glenlivet
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%
  • Age: 12 year old

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Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill

An underrated malt in my opinion. A light floral aperitif, suitable for summer evenings in the garden. Defines a whole style of light mostly speyside malts aged in mainly ex bourbon casks, with minimal smoke or peat influence.
Nose: Floral sweetness, honey, honey suckle, vanilla. Taste: Floral flavours dry, with touches of cinnamon spice, sultanas and vanilla. Finish: Short drier still and the spicier notes lingering.

@markjedi1 Thanks for the review. It indicates to me that it could be worth a try although its priced rather high here compared to other aged blends and even single malts. I couldn't find a review of the standard NAS bottling anywhere here on the site, have you any experience with it? I guess its a few shelves too low for most here.

Please disregard the previous comments as it was intended for another thread and I'm not sure how this has been mixed up.


Picked up a litre bottle of 12 Year old Glenlivet 'First Fill' and the difference from the 'standard' Glenlivet (a bottle of which I already had on my shelf from Tesco) is astounding...

This has such an amazingly sweet, fruity 'nose' you could swear you can smell fresh apricots, almonds, vanilla and caramel in the glass. This fruitiness hits the palate when you take a sip then smoothly mellows out to lovely complex oak scented spicy caramel finish. (Even my wife and daughter, both of whom hate even the smell of whisky, agreed that this has a very appealing aroma!)

I wouldn't usually recommend cooling a decent single malt much below room temperature but in this case the sweet fruity notes are highlighted by watering with 2 or 3 pieces of ice and I defy any whisky connoisseur to try it and say I'm wrong...

I believe this one is only generally available through the duty free travel market (where I only paid 24 euro =O)

"I believe this one is only generally available through the duty free travel market"

I am new to buying whiskey. Why are some releases only available through duty-free?

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