The Glenlivet

Archive, 21 Years Old

ABV 0%
REVIEWED Issue 7, Issue 26
Brand: The Glenlivet
Expression: Archive, 21 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 21 years old
ABV: 0%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Glenlivet Distillery, Ballindalloch, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Lively. Fruity. Peaty.
Palate: Light, clean, cereal grain maltiness. Very firm and smooth. Developing toastier, nuttier flavours. Orange oil. Some macaroon-like sweetness, too.
Finish: Sweet grass. Smoky fragrance.
Comment: A first-class malt, but I would like a little more structure and style.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Lifted and mellow. Good, complex mix of floral, bracken top notes with plenty of spicy oak, malt and sweet fruit.
Palate: A sweet, rounded start with some honey and soft fruit, then it's given a good kick from the oak: tobacco, hazelnut and a whiff of smoke. Good feel. The oak comes to the fore as it develops.
Finish: Maybe just a little woody.
Comment: A powerful spicy malt.
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Stunning: oak and hint of marzipan and cherries. The malt is sweet and multi-layered.
Palate: Initially light with sweet cereal notes and then the oak kicks in to add a drier dimension.
Finish: Toasty with hints of hickory and chocolate fudge. Quite long.
Comment: A substantial malt, which on the palate does not match the complexity of outstanding nose.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Very fresh in both its heathery peatiness and its juicy, sweet, sherry. Appetising.
Palate: Sweet, flowery, honey-syrup, butter, toast and butter.
Finish: Cinnamon. Lightly spicy dryness. Well-done toast. Gently sustaining.
Comment: Slightly sweeter, fuller and more structured than an earlier (younger) version with no age statement.
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