So this wasn’t done in ideal conditions, as I tasted this whisky (two 50ml samples) from a plastic cup on a flight from Toronto to Edmonton.
- Nose (undiluted): a bit of oak, malted barley, a suggestion of grapes, some hazelnuts, some milk chocolate
- Palate(undiluted): thin (smoooooooth?) barley, malt bread, milk chocolate
- Finish: relatively short, with barley grain lingering, and just a hint of spirity bitterness on the tail end.
So this is not a terrible whisky, but it’s not spectacular either. It reminds me of McClelland’s Speyside Single Malt. This is something I’d drink if my wife or my parents bought it for me as a gift, but I’m not likely to spend my own money on it. I’d guess most of what’s in here is 8 years or younger. It’s an easy drinking whisky, and if the price isn’t crazy, it might be a decent whisky to introduce someone to single malt in the “typical” unsherried Speyside style, but it’s pretty one-dimensional. On the bright side, it took the edge off the stress of flying.
Thank you for the review. Appreciated the straight forward take on it, but I'm glad it got you through the flight!
Here's something hilarious to me: a search on wine-searcher.com for The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve for sale in the USA reviews one and only one listing, through my county in Maryland! This is the first time I have ever seen Montgomery County Maryland listed as a vendor on wine-searcher.
That bargain $ 26.99 price is for a 375 ml bottle.