About a year ago I was invited to a special Glenlivet evening. The idea was to get a bunch of whisky geeks in a room, present them with three different spirits and get a general consensus on which was the most popular.
This is how The Glenlivet decided to launch their newest expression - The Guardians Chapter. Pretty neat, I must admit.
So first we were given a whisky called The Classic. Typical Glenlivet flavors. I wouldn't be surprised if it was just the 12 year old at a slightly higher strength. Anyway, it did not impress.
The second dram was called The Revival. Better than the first but still not good enough, in my opinion. Lacked personality basically.
The final installment of the evening was The Exotic. The best of the lot. Much more assertive than the first two. Strong flavors and an aggressive sherry attack.
This was the one that the majority (including my self) voted for at the end of the evening. And much to our smug satisfaction ended up on shelves as The Glenlivets' latest expression - The Guardians Chapter.
A collection of hogsheads, Spanish sherry butts and American oak this is quite a tasty little whisky.
Nose: Warm chocolate and dark oranges with spicy clove. Natural caramel. Almond husks with a dry cinnamon rub. Dried fruits including dark raisins. Quite a strong vanilla and banana molasses layer to the proceedings.
Palate: Instant spice. Black peppers and dark fruits. Dark berries too. Strong cinnamon twist on an almond creme brulee.
Finish: Quite possibly the strongest coffee / mochachino and cinnamon I have ever experienced.
This is an above average spirit and I'd like to think I had a little something to do with it.