ABV: 40 %
Type: Single Malt
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Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: The first approach is fudge and vanilla heavy. The fruitiness, with ripe red apples and green grapes, is feint at first. The distillate shines through and gives it a slight cardboard note in the background. There’s a tiny hint of sherry, but it’s not sharp nor pronounced. The spicyness leans towards eucalyptos. It’s a bit uneventful on the nose.
Mouth: The vanilla spreads out and a nice spicyness follows. The fudge is now more of a toffee note and honey has joined the sweet side. The fruitiness is still way back and finally steps forward when the oak arrives. There’s a bitterness coming from the european oak and it brings a nice touch of hazelnuts. The sherry casks are basically nowhere to be found.
Finish: A mild start with the spicyness a bit muted at first, but then it quickly builds up. The toffee, vanilla and honey flare up and then settles again leaving the oakiness in charge. Finally a hint of the sherry reappears with some dark dried fruits. The hazelnuts are still in there and a pear note tags along down the road. This is not an adventure by any means, but still a decent dram.
This was launched in 2019 as part of Glenlivet’s travel retail exclusive range. It’s aged in ex-sherry casks, traditional (refill) casks and american ex-bourbon barrels.