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The Glenlivet is not one of my favorite distilleries. I just don't find the whisky that appealing. I decided to give it another go, and try out some of Glenlivet's expressions that have escaped me.
This is the 15yr French Oak Reserve, pale straw in color, with an ABV of 40%.
Nose: Floral, with ripe fruits: apples and pears. Wow, its like I'm smelling an open can of pears in light syrup! Very aromatic. There is just a whiff of brown sugar mixed in there.
Body: Light body. Not quite watery, but nearly.
Palate: Mild spices, growing with intensity. Not the greatest flavor. The sweetness is gone, leaving just a little hint of tart.
Finish: Sour, with mild spice. Medium length finish. Very dry.
This is really too bad. The nose is wonderful on this one. Very nice, indeed. Unfortunately, that's about all this whisky has going for it. That is, unless you like sour spices. Honestly, I am not sure I want to even finish this dram. Well, might as well...