This week, March 27th was International Whisky Day, so I wanted to open a bottle of something special. The choice fell on The Glenlivet 12 Years Old First Fill single malt which I got just recently.
A travel retail exclusive, this 12 year old expression of the legendary Speyside malt has been matured exclusively in American Oak casks that have not been used to age Scotch before. I couldn`t find more info online, but those are probably ex-bourbon casks. The flavours are strongly wood driven, so there is a combination of fine vanilla, freshly chopped wood and leafs, fruit tree blossoms and fruit, most notably tangerines, with a slight hint of coconut on occasion. The nose is fantastic and every time you smell it, you are transported on a meadow in early Summer. With every sniff I would recognise some new flavour or aroma. Definitely a 10/10 nose.
On the palate, very tasty and smooth, buttery and creamy, which complements well with the initial fruitiness, and it now reminds of a breakfast table filled with selection of fruit jams, honey, butter and toast. Not as good as on the nose though, but a drop of water goes a long way.
Mellow and easy, with a medium long, wood driven finish with notes of honey coated nuts.
This is a very nice dram for 35-40€ for a 0.7 L bottle, and it deserves a chance. I have really enjoyed this expression, and it has been my first encounter with The Glenlivet (not counting those times when I ordered it in a bar, already drunk from something else and not really in a mood to evaluate the whisky), and I really loved it, so I will continue exploring their range of products. There is a bottle of 15 YO French Oak Reserve in my cupboard waiting to be opened, and I am definitely buying Founder`s Reserve 1824 the first time I get a bargain. Unfortunately, I haven`t had a chance to try the classic 12 year old expression, as it is currently unavailable on my market, but I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences.
Read you soon! Cheers!