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Glenlivet 12 Year Old

An elegant dram

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

2nd Jan 2016

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  • Nose
    20
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    19
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    81

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Nose: subtle. Malty-sweet with orchard fruit and hints of oak. Gentle and well-balanced.

Taste: No complaints here. Light- to medium-bodied with moderate sweetness developing into oaky dryness, with the lightest touch of smoke.

Finish: Unspectacular and easy-going. Lightly smoked and rather short.

Balance: this easy-drinking malt might be too light for some but it finds balance between fruity sweetness and oaky dryness. A classic Speysider that often gets overlooked due to its wide availability.

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11 comments

aldoug commented

a fine intro single malt

5 months ago 0

@Pete1969
Pete1969 commented

Alas no more in U.K. NAS struck a deadly blow with the Founders Reserve which I have not tasted, but reliably informed is a good drain cleaner.

5 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Pete1969 You've been informed incorrectly. To be an effective drain cleaner it would have to be able to kill microbes and that requires an ABV of 60% or higher...

5 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

Is there now a run on Glenlivet 12 yo? I try to get excited about the scarcity of it and just cannot do it. I've never owned a bottle of it. Probably never will. We still have 1,000 bottles of Glenlivet 12 yo for sale here in my county, 1/3 of them 1.75L size. And 500 bottles of Macallan 12 Sherry Oak. That is the good part about being downstream from the supply of Scotch, and in a jurisdiction with generally excellent whisky prices.

5 months ago 0

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@Pete1969

Founder's Reserve is excellent, if you like your Scotch to resemble watery soap.

5 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor Is that the original 12 YO, not the 12 YO double barrel that is tainted with sulphur? I tasted the 12 for the first time this year and was surprised how good it was...

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, I surmise that you are asking about Macallan 12. Yes, we have 544 current inventory 750 ml Macallan 12 Sherry Oak and 156 1.75L Mac 12 Sherry Oak. We have a couple of hundred of the Macallan 'Double Cask' also. Current Moco online inventory is a bit screwed up. The double cask is alphabetically listed under 'Macallan', whereas the sherry oak is under "The Macallan".

5 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor I can thik of a few Ontarians who would like nothing better than to bring a few of those older Mac 12s back into the Commonwealth...

5 months ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

I've had quite a few Glenlivet 12 bottles. It's a perfect bottle for entertaining people who aren't scotch enthusiasts. It's reliably good, not great. But not off-putting. The Founder's Reserve isn't that bad, imho. But the pricing is screwed up, at least here. The 12 and FR are almost the same price.

As for Macallan, a friend shared some 12 Double Cask with me and I was very underwhelmed. I tried the "Gold" in a pub about a month ago and was even less impressed with it than I was with the DC. I realize these aren't the Macallans that people drool over, so I'm trying to keep an open mind.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Victor,

The Macallan 12 YO holds a special place in my household. It is the favourite whisky of my son, who has access to a wide selection of whiskies across many genres.

5 months ago 0

@nooch
nooch commented

@paddockjudge try Macallan ed 1 and 2 if you can get your hands on them.

5 months ago 0

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