If only all 12 year olds were this mature – I’d like them a lot better.
Notes: One of the oldest legal distilleries in Scotland. The full history of Glenlivet Distilleryis covered in a excellent book by Paul Pacult titled “A Double Scotch” (also reviewed on Booze Books our sister website)for those wishing to get into a lot of entertaining detail to regale their fellow malt enthusiasts with a lot of detail, including an attempted assassination by moonshiners of the owner when he decided to go legitimate.
Appearance: Lovely smoked Amber color, leaves a nice edge line on the glass after swirling with very even retreat of meniscus with symmetrical tears forming after a little bit.
First Impression: Heather, honey, smooth nutty notes, slightly spicy,barley with dried dark fruits and a whiff of peat.
Taste: A manly but delicate expression of a whisky, nicely peaty but with heather and barley notes, some smoke with honey,spice,vanilla, dried fruits, leather, apricots, quite smooth and pleasant.
Drinks: Works well when you need a quality classic scotch and don’t want to blow a lot of money or overpower a drink with too much smoke
Bottle: Classic Scotch Bottle, green with paper labels and simple, classic graphics.
Other: Described as “the quintessential Speyside malt” by Michael Jackson , It doe represent the style quite well.
Cigars : Rocky Patel or Romeo and Julietta Connecticut Wrapper
Final Thoughts: Available damn near anywhere you care to look it is a safe bet at a bar or as a gift if a fairly middle of the road somewhat conservative choice in terms of a flavor/style rather than say a Islay ( peaty, iodine, seaweed, very heavy duty sort of scotch) or a lighter style or a blend. Price is good to excellent for what you are getting, there are cheaper lesser known scotches out there, but as I stated before, widely available and apprecieated almost everywhere .
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