Bought – The Whisky Exchange, 27th August 2014
91/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
85/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 4 ratings)
I always like it when the Whisky Bible says the best part of a whisky I buy is the taste. Yes, the nose is important, and the finish, and the overall balance but, call me old fashioned, I do enjoy the tasting part. Jim Murray’s score of 91/100 contains a taste rating of 23.5/25, which equates to 94/100. He says of this element “fabulous, honey-sweet and slightly sharp edge to the barley: excellent weight and mouthfeel with the honeycomb on the nose making slow but decisive incursions.” His summary says that this 18yo has greatly improved and is well worth seeking out in this form.
I only have a miniature of this Glenlivet but I’ve got my sights set on a 100cl bottle only available at certain airports. Currently a normal 70cl version of this 18yo is £58.35 but the 100cl is £65.99, which is much better value. Except, one has to have £65.99, and I’ve currently got desires on other Travel Retail whisky. The Glenlivet 18yo will have to wait its turn.
Here’s Jo of Whisky Wednesday on You Tube with his review (June 2015):