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Glenlivet 12 Year Old

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@valuewhiskyReview by @valuewhisky

18th Jan 2013

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Review is from a 50 mL miniature I purchased. Since I can't order miniatures from the UK anymore, I splurged and purchased all TWO malt minis available in Pennsylvania (had The Macallan 12 yesterday). I've had The Glenlivet 12 on a couple occasions, as well as some other 'Livets (I'm a big fan of Nadurra).

Nose: This has a lively nose (a good thing!). Candied pineapple, ginger, banana, pear. Fruity! Some fresh oak as well (as opposed to charred oak). Very pleasant. Despite offering up several notes, it doesn't strike me as "complex" since I'm not really drawn back in to try and figure it out. I get it. It's nice, but I get it.

Palate: A little on the watery side for my liking. A bit of oak, some zippy ginger, and a generic fruity sweetness. All pleasant, nothing outstanding.

Finish: Some bitterness/sourness creeps in and dominates the extended finish (everything else goes away quickly).

Overall: Eh. I wouldn't turn down a dram. I'll pass on having a bottle in my cabinet, though. Pretty basic, nothing to get excited about. To think that this is basically the same price as something like Highland Park 12 or Laphroaig 10... what you could be having!

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@valuewhisky
valuewhisky commented

Interesting: after this review I noticed that there is some brown discoloration (mold!?) in the little wax-paper disk thing in the cap of the miniature bottle. Did this taint my whisky somehow? I do remember Glenlivet 12 being A LITTLE better than this.

7 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

I agree with your analysis. It is nice but won't win awards. I think in terms of price in the UK it is set lower than Laphroaig 10 by about 25%. I picked up a bottle last week and for the money was pleasantly surprised. "Pleasant, nothing outstanding"... I agree but i'm still glad I tried it as the more I try the more discerning I become.

7 years ago 0

@valuewhisky
valuewhisky commented

Yes I agree - worth trying to see if it's your style. Just not my style ;-)

7 years ago 0

@MyLoSyRo
MyLoSyRo commented

Laphroaig 10 (and quarter Cask) completely out-class this.

7 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

@MyLoSyRo I totally agree. Those and the Ardbeg 10 completely outclass it but are nearly twice the price in my local store. Mind you I'd still rather drink half as much of those.

7 years ago 0

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