Glenlivet 15-year-old French Oak Reserve

Bought – Tesco, 2nd May 2014

91/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
82/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 15 reviews)

Ask any whisky drinker what dram truly means whisky to them and be prepared for a variety of answers. Which single malt is at the heart of all the comparisons you do? The whisky that provides the blue print that you feel all other whiskies are a variation of? For some it’s the first whisky they ever tasted. For others it’s the whisky they feel has the balance of everything good about the drink but without being challenging in any direction. For some it might even be a blend! For me the Glenlivet 12yo is my benchmark; the malty stick in the ground where other drams radiate from.

Although I feel the Glenlivet 12yo represents my idea of the true taste of whisky, that doesn’t mean I think it’s the best. Oh no. It’s definitely an excellent tipple but part of what’s wonderful about whisky is the diversity of flavours that are available. The Glenlivet 12yo can be beaten, and an example of that is the 15yo. As you can see from the picture below, I’ve had quite a few samples and I’m beginning to wish I’d bought a 2nd bottle! It’s similar to the 12yo but with added depth of flavour and a warm hug thrown in at the finish.

For those of you with the Whisky Bible you’ll notice the 15yo scores 95/100 but I’ve indicated this as 91/100. There’s an error in the total because the individual scores are 22.5, 23, 22.5 and 23, which makes 91, not 95. Perhaps Jim Murray’s arithmetic goes to pot after a long tasting session. I know mind does!

For a video review of the Glenlivet 15yo it’s worth watching Luke Rymarz’s video here which compares the Glenlivet with the Glenfiddich 15yo. Luke mentions how the Glenlivet has a bourbon element and likens it to Makers Mark. Speaking of which, that’s another one on my shopping list!

Glenlivet 15yo 70cl

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