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Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive (Wooden Case)

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Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive (Wooden Case)

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  • Brand: Glenlivet
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%

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Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive (Wooden Case)

The reviewed sample is from a friend. I do not know how long the bottle has been opened.

Nose: rich ripe and sweet apple and pear, almost baked apple and pear; a hint of wine and grapes, lush, and very attractive; like a delicious mature, old and refined version of Glenmorangie Original. There is firm but soft, sweet, and very clean oak also present in the nose

Taste: all of those flavours translate from the nose, with the grape and wine flavours being stronger on the palate than in the nose; this is quite sweet on the palate. Wonderful

Finish: all of the component parts hold together very well for a long strong finish. This finishes on a very sweet warm glow, which gently fades away

Balance: for me this is a very impressive whisky, and one I enjoy immensely. This is the sort of whisky for the fireside after dinner on a chilly evening. The balance moves toward the sweet side, but not so much as to be objectionable. The balance between the fruity barley flavours and the wood flavours is quite good. If this were not a bit pricey I would already have bought a bottle of this Glenlivet 21 yo Archive for myself


Bottle is significantly larger than the Glenlivet 15 yo (French Oak) that preceded it.

Colour is very dark reddish brown. Aromas are very wine-y and sour smelling. Quite astringent on the nose.

Soft to the taste. Very smooth, moderately light and again fairly wine-y and fruity.

At a group tasting then?


21 year old Glenlivet at 43%. Not overly expensive either. 150AUD duty free for a 21 year old whisky is pretty good value in my book. Cheaper than Chivas 18, Johnnie blue and Lagavulin Distillers edition

  • Nose: Dried banana, lemon, lime, honey caramel, light oak and tannins. With water really upped the complexity, there is more cereal malt in there, peach and pears come through.

  • Pallet: light body, candied fruit, glucose, wood spice some peach and just a hint of smoke With water spicier more tannins, peaches and pears come through again, banana note has completely gone

  • Finish: spicy, some tang, and savoury malt comes through With water really clean, almost stony, cereal grains, honey and a touch of peat.

  • Mark – neat 8.3 , with water 8.5

It's good not great, absolutely worth trying and a very pleasant dram, lovely on a got summers night


This bottle was a treat in the making. We decided to (a group of 7 of us) to put $20 into the pot and buy a nice bottle of Scotch. Well the Archive (wooden case) was that bottle. It sat on my shelf waiting for 2 months until we would all meet again. Totally worth the wait.

Nose: Citrus burst, peaty, light cinnamon.

Palate: Sweet peat, floral; almost a Spring floral, at first sip a hint of vanilla.

Finish: Citrus; maybe orange, a lingering sweetness, very smooth and warming.

Worth every penny and then some. I would highly recommend this. Cheers!

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