The Glenlivet Tweet Tasting

Another Superb Tweet Tasting organised by Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from as we worked our way through the core range of 12,15 and 18 year old versions of The Glenlivet before we were all let loose on the new The Glenlivet Alpha.

Overall i've always enjoyed The Glenlivet whiskies and think they really do know how to produce a quality dram and tonights Tweet Tasting showed that off to the full.

Glenlivet 12 Glenlivet 12 Year Old

Despite having had the entire core The Glenlivet range previously this was the only one from the range that i had posted a review on the site of, it's a cracker of a dram with big tropical fruit burst, like a packet of starburst (Opal Fruits to the older ones amongst us).

Bottle Name Glenlivet 12 Year Old
Bottler Glenlivet
Distiller Glenlivet
Age* 12
ABV 40%
Nose Light, fragrant summery fruit, melon, pineapple, kiwi and strawberries, oaks and vanilla
Taste light and refreshing oaky and fruity with definite wood notes, young and fresh and vanilla custard
Finish strong finish, thick and syrupy with a touch of menthol

Glenlivet 15 Year Old French OakGlenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak

Another cracker of a dram, this was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac, which gives it a real dark fruit fruityness and brings out some toffee and liquorice notes along with the tropical fruits of the 12.

Bottle Name Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak
Bottler Glenlivet
Distiller Glenlivet
Age* 15
ABV 40%
Nose some werthers originals toffees and liquorice covered in dried pineapple chunks and dried fruits raisins and sultanas especially with a touch of prune juice
Taste quite bitter initially then theres a tropical fruit note that comes through very much fruits especially pineapple and papaya
Finish quite dry and bitter with flashes of dried fruit

Glenlivet 18 Year Old Glenlivet 18 Year Old

Bigger brother to the 12 and 15 it has taken on a real chocolatey goodness about it along with very clean fresh vanilla pods and huge waves of seville orange marmalade.

Bottle Name Glenlivet 18 Year Old
Bottler Glenlivet
Distiller Glenlivet
Age* 18
ABV 43%
Nose a really light nose which begins with light oak fresh vanilla pods and Ecuadorian dark chocolate with a touch of Seville orange marmalade
Taste sweet and smooth with dark chocolate and gentle mandarin orange notes, really pleasant
Finish super smooth dark chocolate and gentle oak

Glenlivet AlphaGlenlivet Alpha

An interesting bottle from The Glenlivet released with only the minimum of information, that it is Scotch Single Malt Whisky distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and that it is free from artificial colouring and is Non-chill filtered and bottled at 50%. I'm still not sure exactly what this is but it certainly comes across as being ex bourbon and with the smoothness of it i would suggest it has been well aged and wouldn't be surprised if it were around 18-20 years old or even more.

Bottle Name Glenlivet Alpha
Bottler Glenlivet
Distiller Glenlivet
Age* Not Given
ABV 50%
Nose gentle bourbon influence with freshly scraped vanilla pod mixing with red crunchy apple and fresh pineapple chunks and a touch of caramel
Taste super smooth totally does not taste like 50% it's vanilla and butterscotch angel delight topped tinned fruit salad with syrup
Finish easy drinking, no long finish sweet fruits and creamy angel delight.

Thanks again to Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from and to The Glenlivet, remember you can pick up the first three bottles from The Whisky Exchange and the Alpha is likely to be sold out in most places but please check to see if you can get it from your local whisky specialist.