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Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Finish

Silky and sweet

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

23rd Jan 2022

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I hadn't tasted this bottling in years and was happy to receive one as a Christmas gift.

Nose: mellow and sweet with candied fruit, especially citrus. Also enticing hints of field berries, which I find distinct to this bottling. Gentle notes of wood and spice in the background. Takes some coaxing, but there's a lot here to enjoy.

Palate: the sweetness and wood arrive simultaneously. Apricots and oak, not unlike a mature Irish whiskey. Smooth, light mouthfeel, but not too weak. Becomes tannic and slightly bitter with lots of grip at the back of the mouth.

Finish: some lingering orchard fruit and coffee beans, along with a slightly smoky note.

Balance: A little laid back compared to the cask-strength whiskies I've enjoyed lately, but after the initial adjustment this is quite good. At its current price, probably not something I would buy but nice to have around.

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3 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review. I have never seen a Scotch with such a high ABV. 4040%!! Must take a little water!

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

@Nozinan A glitch in the matrix? I swear the ABV field was blank, but I guess it auto-populated after all.

5 months ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for your review. I think you’re spot-on with your assessment, especially your last sentence.

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