The Glenlivet

15 Years Old, French Oak Reserve

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 45, Issue 55
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Specifications
Brand: The Glenlivet
Expression: 15 Years Old, French Oak Reserve
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 15 years old
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Editor's Choice
Issue 45
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Strawberries and cream. Vanilla. Heady.
Palate: Firm, Slippery-smooth, cookie-like maltiness, spicy middle. Lots of flavour development.
Finish: Creamy, fruity. Like a Slavic sour cream pancake laced with Maraschino cherry brandy.
Comment: Complex. Entrancing.
8.8
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Incense. Lightly oily (wood oil), russet apples and buttery notes. Quite firm. Some pineapple and then floral notes.
Palate: Medium bodied. Light cinnamon spiciness, then apple and a sparkling feel.
Finish: Fades, leaving a slightly bitter note.
Comment: Has good energy, but just grips slightly on the finish.
7.8
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Cheery, full summer fruit basket. ripe apricot, juicy peaches. Honeyed custard. Butterscotch. On the sweet side.
Palate: Soft and tender. Stewed fruit. Vanilla syrup. Spices gently emerge. Flavours lose their charm with water.
Finish: Soft and mellow with a nutty tinge.
Comment: A very pleasant summery dram. Quite fragile though. Water tends to wipe out flavours.
7.5
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Rich and heavily spiced. Aromatic, exotic, some varnish, mint, Puy lentil, sweet polished oak. Good intensity.
Palate: More interesting to start: apple purée, flowers then the oak grips. Sappy.
Finish: Spiced, slightly tannic.
Comment: This is more about oak than the whisky. Seems forced: trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
7.5
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Glenlivet Distillery, Ballindalloch, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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