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Glenlivet 12 Year Old

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@cheeserandyburgReview by @cheeserandyburg

12th Dec 2012


Glenlivet 12 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Had this one in the cabinet for a few months and decided to give it a crack this evening since its not the priciest of the bunch and quite easy to acquire.

Colour - Medium/Light gold.

Legs - Slow, thin.

Nose - Sweet, honey, vanilla, syrupy chocolate. Yes thats right, all in one! Loads of chocolate. Its as if someone dipped a chocolate bar in this one. Quite a lot of floral notes going on. Fruity at the front (apples), sweet in the back. Pleasant nose. No smoke and a hint of citrus (oranges) shying around and about.

Palate - Thin at first and somewhat dry, then it opens up to a little sweetness, then more sweetness...but then, nothing. The nose doesn't make an appearance here, which is quite a shame. Unfortunately it just ends, which brings us to the finish.

Finish - Fast, dry, simple and abrupt. Not much happening here. This isn't a bad thing since the experience was pleasant, but all too quick to go on by. But that's ok, I'll just have another :)

Conclusion - A fun, simple any time of the day whisky. Don't expect to find an amusement park of complexity in here, but instead a delicate, sweet and dry enjoyable dram. Luckily this ones on sale for about $43 (down from $47) at the moment which begs the question whether I should grab another bottle or just save that $ for a bottle of Aberlour 10.

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Frank1 commented

Nice review. I'd personnally go with the Aberlour 10 next, but that's just me. It has a bit more complexity and character going on than the Glenlivet 12, along with being nicely balanced. The mothfeel is also better: Glenlivet drinks a lot like some blends, in my opinion, in that it ends so abruptly after the sip and then you get a whole lot of vague nothingness in the finish...

Another good entry level malt is The Arran 10, especially if you like subtle fruity (orchard) notes in your whisky.

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