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Glenlivet 15 Year Old

Average score from 5 reviews and 19 ratings 75

Glenlivet 15 Year Old

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  • Brand: Glenlivet
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%

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Glenlivet 15 Year Old

Distillery says: "The 15 Year Old’s distinctive character is the result of selective maturation; a proportion of the spirit is matured in a selection of French Oak casks for a limited period, so as not to overpower the final result".

Nose: Fruit! Buckets of forest fruit and stewed apple, white bread, flower shop and a bit of honey.

Palate: very clean but quick arrival. I get lots of fruit again, peaches, baked apple, Amaretto, light oak flavors and some vanilla. Its a sweet whisky, no sour or bitter notes in here. Only the fruit jumps out the rest is a bit subdued, almost dull. No real developement in the taste, it's there or it isn't.

Finish: swallowing it gives a bit of a burn... It's short, thin. It ends with the peach and some wood bitterness.

Although I like the fruityness, this one didn't impress me much. The casks feel tired, I didnt get the French oak characteristics. Theres not much going on considering the age and the little burn in the finish turned me off a bit. I drink cask strength whiskies with less burn than this one. The nose is the best part imo. But hey, if you're just starting your whisky journey this should be a safe buy

My brother gave me a half-bottle of this last year in thanks for helping him paint his house. I really disliked it. You don't get much French oak? I did—or at least, that's what I blamed for the weird flavor. I guess you'd put that weirdess in the category of "spices," and it's led me to avoiding all whisky described as spicy since.

I still drink Corryvreckan, though.

PeatyZealot, I think you're getting at the question latent in my comment: Is this Glenlivet a good example of what French oak usually does to a whisky? (Is Corryvreckan?)

I wonder if I've been doing myself a disservice by avoiding other whiskies matured on French oak.


No off notes, no highlights. This is perfectly nice whisky, it just has a very one dimensional flavour profile from nose to tail. If you want to sample “The Glenlivit” at 15/16 years of age I’d recommend trying the French oak finish or Nadurra instead. Nose: Clean cereal malt flavours and vanilla, lots of vanilla! Taste: More of the same with the cereal malt dominating now over the vanilla. Finish: Medium length warm and appetising with a touch of saltiness.


Nice balanced taste but all too short. The finish is lacking, making it crispy but unmemorable.

Prefer to drink this with ice as there is not much complexity to enjoy anyway.


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