The Glenlivet 12 Year Old shows a perfectly balanced display of fruity and floral flavors. Oak is present but in the distance. This Classic Speyside conveys beautiful images of a fertile orchard, blossoming at springtime and laden with juicy ripe fruit at summertime. Nose and palate offer a warm experience of Speyside fresh and fragrant air. The single malt to choose for a relaxing moment, enjoyed on its own or with a fruit pudding (plum or apricot pie, Belgian waffle with stewed apples, marzipan biscuits).
Glenlivet is a Scotch Whiskey made by the Glenlivet Distillery near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland. The words Glenlivet and The Glenlivet are trade marks belonging to Chivas Brothers Limited and are registered in many different countries.
International Wine & Spirit Competition:
Gold medal 2003, 2005, 2007
Silver medal 2004, 2006
International Spirits Challenge:
Silver medal 2008
San Francisco World Spirits Competition:
Silver medal 2007
Without water: Silky feel, flowing on the tongue. Smooth and sweet fruity basket (white peaches, pears poached in a vanilla syrup, a hint of pineapple juice). Honeyed flowers. Almond biscuits.
With water: More honeyed floral notes shine through while spices are toned down. Minty maltiness.
The finish: Nutty. Marzipan. Fresh hazelnuts. Spicy. Fresh grated ginger.
Without water: Exquisite delicacy of summer-like fragrances. Playful interlacing of floral and fruity aromas. Fresh juicy Chasselas grape, ripe pear, soft apples. And a sensuous touch of exotic fruit (candied pineapple). White lilac. Honeyed blossom (acacia). It opens in time on creamier and richer notes: stewed greengages, ripe apricots, vanilla crème anglaise, a hint of marshmallow. Oak tenderly enhances that enticing bouquet with more vanilla notes and nutty hints. An echo of toasted oats. Soft spices. Green cardamom, touch of caraway seeds.
With water: Fruity sweetness and oaky tones are brought forward. Cherry plum flan. More toasted notes. Vanilla waffle. Touch of jasmine.