Glenlivet released two 13 year old versions for Taiwan. The Oloroso Sherry Cask at 40% and the same at cask strength. I will try the one at drinking strength, courtesy of my buddy tom. Will you look at that deep bronze color? Mouthwatering.
Candy-like sweetness on the obligatory dark fruit, completely as expected: dates, blueberries, plums, raisins, sugared orange peel and maraschino cherries. Add a handful of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, liquorice) and a good dose of brown sugar. Let’s not forget chocolate. But also warm milk with honey and marzipan. All in all a very attractive and sherried nose!
It’s a bit of a lightweight body-wise. Again a mix of dark fruit, both fresh and in a stew, with the same spices as on the nose, joined by some candied ginger. A mild woody bitterness emerges, but a leaf of mint counters this nicely, making it a balanced malt.
The finish is surprisingly long. I can still taste it after a full five minutes. A lovely note of sweet tobacco at the death.
But what a pity that it is so light bodied. Then again, this is a general release for a huge audience, must not forget that. Thanks, Tom.