Glenlivet 12 YO – Licensed Dram

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of cinnamon, vanilla and nail polish remover all sitting in the center with an oakiness surrounding it from the get-go. Underneath lies a ripe fruitiness (mainly red apples) which comes through together with some honey and marzipan. It has a very dessert-like quality and the baking spices are very pronounced. With time in the glass it settles and reveals milk chocolate, toffee and red berries in the back. It becomes sweeter as well. This is a great nose. It’s not the most interesting experience, but delivers a nice solid character.

Mouth: It starts out with a spicyness around the edges. There’s not a lot of flavour coming through at first and it feels slightly spirity. When something finally appears, it’s a mix of oak, malt and vanilla. There’s also an anise note floating around. There’s a mild fruitiness but the whole feels a bit empty and lacks a lot of what the nose offers. It almost feels a bit hot and rushed. With time in the glass it does deliver a bit more of the flavours and mirrors the nose fairly well.

Finish: The spicyness spikes through the transition and when it settles it goes back to being quite empty on the palate. There’s a savory note in the back as well as a bitterness. There are toffee and fruit notes and lemon peel in the back. When the oak starts to take over there’s a perfumey layer attached to it. It’s a bit weird and hard to make sense of. The oakiness has a quite bitter character and without any nuttiness it really doesn’t deliver the best of notes. This is a decent whisky. It has a great nose and lacks a bit in taste. Time in the glass is of the essence.

Additional information
This is the second release from ”The Original Stories” series. It’s matured in a mix of first fill ex-bourbon barrels and first fill european ex-sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered.

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