Recently The Glenlivet Distillery generously delivered two bottles of their fine single malt whisky to sample and write about the experience. There is no better way to enjoy a fine drink such as The Glenlivet than with a friend. The opportunity presented itself, and during the course of the evening, a good friend shared in the event.
As mentioned in an earlier article, Getting to know Glenlivet, the distillery has a long a rich history. This history is echoed in their product, from the packaging to the whisky itself.
The Glenlivet 12 arrived in a lightly gold-colored box. Inside the box a package wrapped in similar colored paper revealed the bottle itself. The presentation is impressive.
Upon opening the corked bottle, a small amount of whisky was poured into a clear, clean glass. Aromas of vanilla, fresh grains and flowers play about the nose. The color reflected the packaging and reminded this author of bright morning sunlight. The taste was clean, honey-like with a hint of oak and a citrus sweet finish. Refreshing would be one way to describe it.
Upon opening the bottle, again, pouring a small amount of the whisky into a new glass, aromas of oak and dark fruits. The color was that of antique gold, certainly darker than the 12 year from the additional time in the oak casks, and a slight burgundy hue. Upon first taste, the whisky is smooth and sweet, with great mouth feel. The sweetness gives way to bolder flavors of spice, oak, and strong, hearty fruit. The taste lingers in the mouth with notes of smoke and oak.
Since this tasting, The Glenlivet has afforded the author to speak with Ricky Crawford, it’s U.S. Brand Ambassador. A concluding article will feature a summary of that conversation, as well as some of Ricky’s insights into the brand he proudly represents.
Both The Glenlivet 12 and 18 can be found in local liquor stores, such as Hokus Pokus on Jackson Street Extension. The Glenlivet 12 can be found at several area supermarket liquor and wine beverage sections around town.