The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve reviewMay 31, 2015
Emelisse Smoked Rye IPAJune 9, 2015
I’ll continue with Glenlivet theme, so here’s a review of The Glenlivet 18 year old single malt. Which, after a great experience with the 12YO, was bit of a disappointment. The 18YO is surprisingly rough for its age, though it’s not the only reason for my reasonably humble scoring. Probably the strong feel of ripe fruits makes this prize winning dram not so suitable for me. And, that it feels flatter, than the 12YO.
The Glenlivet 18YO has won 2 golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, along with few other gold (and silver) medal awards from international competitions. So there is appreciation for this smooth, classic Speysider. Even though it left me cold. Well, over 80 points isn’t bad of course, but for an older dram like this, it should be closer to 90 points.
Strong and sweet, like STEEL MAGNOLIAS
This Glenlivet is a combo of several different cask types of American and European oak. Matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, in a mix of first and second-fill barrels. It is robust, yet smooth and sweet, with a floral edge. Like a strong female in the leading role – definitely the movie Steel Magnolias.