The Glenlivet 12 year old single malt plays a great part in my memory lane. I received a bottle of this smooth Speysider while celebrating the birth of my second kid in 2011. So my opinion might be biased because there’s lots of emotions going on with this whisky. Then again, it wasn’t only a sample, I got to enjoy a whole bottle.
12YO Glenlivet is a typical Speyside whisky, being so smooth. It is also a very fruitful dram, without being stingy. Crispy and fruity palates are usually too much for me. Fortunately this Glenlivet manages to give lots of tropical fruit notes that feel very fresh but don’t kick the back of your throat too much. There isn’t dryness either, so it’s just perfect for my taste. It’s been matured in a mix of American and European Oak casks.
Nowadays it has been replaced by Founder’s Reserve in the UK. I like both of them but Founder’s Reserve is flat when compared to this 12 year old. They do have similar kind of taste profiles though. The Glenlivet 12YO is one of the fresh and smooth fruity drams out there and I do hope, they keep it in their core range in other countries.
In my opinion this whisky is what Seth Rogen & Co are in acting, bringing fresh ways to interpret a movie script and improvising the scenes the most realistic way. And even though I didn’t like Pineapple Express as much as I enjoy this Glenlivet, I have to make a connection between these two. Pineapple being one of the key notes of this whisky.