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Glenlivet 12 Year Old

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@BigJoeReview by @BigJoe

19th Aug 2015


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Yes it is another Glenlivet 12 review! and maybe there is no need for me to write anything given the Glenlivet 12 is already well covered and widely sampled. However, I did want to try it along with the new Glenlivet Founder's Reserve to draw my own conclusion about the new offering. The 12 was the obvious comparison given the identical shelf price and withdrawal from some markets.

Here it is-

Poured neat without any water added.

Nose: The notes are reserved, I get barley, antique wood, wet varnish, and the almost expected fruit notes of pear, melon, and ripe pineapple. There is some vanilla which becomes more pronounced after a few minutes.

Palate: Silky and light, with citrus, lemon grass, baking spices, and some vanilla all backed with oak wood.

Finish: Medium length finish with spicy citrus moving fairly quickly to a slight bitterness with roasted nuts and a gentle tannin.

In conclusion the Glenlivet 12 is a gentle and inoffensive drop. It is typically Speyside, a fruity single malt and it is nice enough without being anything special. A nice summer or early evening whisky.

In my opinion compared with the Glenlivet Founder's Reserve they have a similar flavour profile, the Glenlivet 12 is a little dull but has more complexity to offer than the Founder's Reserve. I will touch on this again in the next review.

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