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article imageOp-Ed: Whisky review #6: Glenlivet Special

By Tim Sandle     Dec 19, 2014 in Food
Digital Journal presents its sixth whisky review and one just in time for the wintry festive season. This time up it is one of the most popular single malts in the world - Glenlivet 12 year-old.
The Glenlivet range consists of 12 Years, 15 Years, 16 Years Nàdurra, 18 Years, 21 years, and 25 years, with a number of limited edition whiskies. The one that we are going to study here is the 12 year-old. Glenlivet is the world's second best selling single malt whisky (and number one in the U.S., as well as coming in fourth place on sales in the U.K.)
The Glenlivet distillery is a distillery near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland. This means, in terms of Scotch whisky classification, that it is a Speyside. Scotland’s whisky producing regions are as diverse as the wine regions of France. They give us single malt whiskies with distinct qualities and characteristics borne out of their location, climate and methods of production. The regions are: the islands, the lowlands, the highlands and Speyside.
Speyside is the smallest region in terms of geography. However, over half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries can be found within this one region. The whiskies from this region are generally fruity and delicate.
All very interesting, but how about the showcase whisky: The Glenlivet 12 year-old? Using our standard format for examining these wonderful spirits:
Color - holding a glass up to the light it appears bright and lively gold.
Nose - taking that first sniff there are vibrant aromas of summer meadows. This is followed by a strong hint of tropical fruits notably pineapple.
Palate - Taking the first sip and one is hit by floral notes, smooth and sweet fruit notes of fresh peaches and pears, vanilla. Maturation in American oak imparts the delightful vanilla notes.
Finish - As the whisky is swallowed there is a delicious after taste of marzipan and fresh hazelnuts.
The alcohol by volume is 40 percent.
Unlike other whiskies that we've tried out at Digital Journal this one is the sweetest and unlike island whiskies Laphroaig and Talisker (reviews 3 and 4) there is no hint of smoke or peat whatsoever. This makes the whisky easy to drink. This does not mean that the whisky isn't complex and rewarding, it is a far more interesting one than, say, Monkey's Shoulder (review 5).
The Digital Journal rating is 7 out of 10. It is a smooth and welcoming dram and good choice for the holiday season.
This feature forms part of a developing series of whisky reviews on Digital Journal. Previously tried and tested whiskies are:
Whisky review #1: Isle of Jura - DJ rating 7 out of 10
Whisky review #2: Jameson - DJ rating 6 out of 10
Whisky review #3: Laphroaig 10 year old - DJ rating 8 out 10
Whisky review #4: Talisker 10 year old - DJ rating 8.5 out 10
Whisky review #4a: Talikser Storm - DJ rating 7 out 10
Whisky review #5: Monkey's Shoulder - DJ rating 5 out 10
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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