Bought – The Whisky Shop, 7th November 2014
81.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
86.29/100 – Whiskybase (average from 128 member votes)
9/10 – Whisky Wednesday (video review below)
With my whisky interest dating back to 2013, you’ll have to forgive me for not having a big depth of knowledge when it comes to distillery publicity stunts. The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter is the biggest one I know, in my limited knowledge of …..ummm… one. But I think it’s a good one, whatever has happened in the past. The ‘guardians’ of Glenlivet (email list of members) spanning 37 different countries, were asked to try samples of 3 different single malts, the “Exotic”, “Classic” and “Revival”. The “Exotic” won but, only just. This became the limited release that we know as the Guardians’ Chapter.
The cunning part by Glenlivet is, with so many people involved in the selection process, they can be certain that those who chose the “Exotic” will a) buy it and b) give it a good review. But, even for those who didn’t, there’s a sense of loyalty and duty associated with buying the end product.
The Whisky Bible’s score of 81.5/100 ranks the Chapter as “good whisky worth trying” but the author summaries with “just doesn’t gel”. Some comments on Whiskybase agree with this but the overall score of 86.29/100 is extremely good. Jo of ‘Whisky Wednesday’ certainly thinks this Glenlivet is great because his score of 9/10 is one of his highest. Here he is with Ben of ‘A Dram of Day’ giving us their thoughts on You Tube (June 2016):