Established in 1824, the distillery was founded by George Smith in the remote and wild Glenlivet, which gave the whisky its name. Glenlivet single malts are distilled, matured, and bottled in Banffshire, in Scotland of course. Being a single malt, it can only be made from malt whisky produced by the Glenlivet distillery. And being labeled a 12 year, the whiskies used must have aged a minimum of 12 years to be included. Now that we know a little about The Glenlivet, let's get to the fun part: the taste.
Cost - $30 for 750ml bottle
Content - 40% ABV
Origin - Scotland
Interesting Bottle Fact - Through this timeless, primeval valley run the icy waters of the River Livet. Its name, "smooth flowing one" in Gaelic, reflects the Glenlivet's beautifully rich and elegant flavours.
-Fruit on the nose, not alcohol-y
-Smooth, with rich presence on the tongue
-Some peat hiding behind the rich fruitiness
-Not too earthy or smoky
Verdict: Sip It
The 12 year Glenlivet is definitely sippable. It's a pretty smooth operator, with a silky mouthfeel and plenty of flavor. In fact, as someone who is not a peat fan, this was a great easing into the shallow end of earthy peat flavor. It's there, but it's not as overpowering as others I've imbibed. Glenlivet's richness also reminds me of the thick, luscious Midleton pot still Irish whiskeys, which is a good thing indeed. Overall, my first taste had me skeptical, but as I kept returning to the bottle over the course of a month or so this dram won me over. Another added bonus, it's popular enough in the States that when I'm looking for something to sip in a bar not known for whisky, Glenlivet will be a viable option.
(Images from DP's iphone)