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Glenlivet Master Distillers Reserve

Too soon junior

0 1270

@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

11th Oct 2016

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  • Nose
    15
  • Taste
    18
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    17
  • Overall
    70

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Got this in HK at the duty free. Exclusive to travel retail.

Nose gives off a lot of alcohol smell even only at 40% abv. Also pear and apple.

On the palate, it starts off with fruit. Pear and apple. But it's bitter, green fruit. Not ripe at all. Like, a green baby pear and a granny smith apple. The alcohol is not masked well. Many cask strength whisky's do a better job. It seems more spirity than scotchy.

Finish is medium, drying and smokey. Not a bad finish.

Overall, since this is NAS, I think it would be better if we gave it a few more years. It's not terrible, but meh. The 12yo is far and away better.

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12 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Mmmmmmm....yummy! Nobody seems to much like these recently produced young Glenlivets.

Thanks for your review, @casualtorture.

4 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@casualtorture. See if you can get hold of the cask strength 16 year old Nadurra. That, I'm sure @Victor and others here will agree, is where Glenlivet really shines.

Cheers.

4 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

But the NAS presentation has freed the blenders from the tyranny of age statements! Can't they blend in the best of vibrant young whisky that gives new life to the significant portion of well-aged whisky that forms this heart of this shackleless malt marriage???!

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@BlueNote, yes, Glenlivet 16 yo Nadurra works, and I also like the Glenlivet 21 yo Archive,...but only if I can buy it at about $ 100 less than its current average market price.

4 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

You're so cynical, OLJas. I think that's why I like you. :-)

4 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

I mean, this is in fact the master distiller's reserve, right?

Hello, "master"? And "RESERVE"?

That's gotta be something pretty special.

4 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I stand duly chastised @Victor, @OLJas, I missed those key words on the label. Must pay more attention to the fine print in future. Would you put it up there with the coveted Founder's Reserve?

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

If I could reach that low I would definitely put it that high...

4 years ago 0

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

I'm loving the sarcasm here. Yeah when I read Master Distiller's Reserve, I was expecting something more. I really like the 12yo, if I can find a Nadurra in Zhengzhou?China, I'll pick it up. I think Glenlivet got a little either rushed or lazy here. Hopefully just rushed. Because I think this would be a good dram if left in the cask another few years.

4 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@casualtorture. There are three versions of the Nadurra. Two are NAS and not particularly good (according to most reviews). The 16 year old Nadurra is the one to look for.

Cheers.

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Casualtorture not sure where Zhengzhou is, but if it has the same Scotch availability as Xinjiang, you may be out of luck...

4 years ago 0

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