Gold amber hue. A seductive nose revealing smoke, dried pineapple and ginger aromas. Sweet sherry flavors weave in and out of the palate, with dried tropical fruit character and a nice amount of peat. The finish is dry, with perceptible oak tannins. A treat to the senses.
Butterscotch and rich baked orchard fruits take the lead with supporting notes of mint, mocha, and oak. The palate is rich while dry with complex wood and spice notes framing the lush core. Despite its weight this malt is quite austere and refined.
George Smith knew that Glenlivet was the perfect location in which to make whisky, which is why he built his distillery there in 1824. But it required all his skills as a distiller and his unrivalled knowledge of the glen and its resources to succeed. The Glenlivet of today is George Smith's priceless legacy. Crucially, the three fundamental elements in the whisky-making process - spring water, copper stills and oak casks have remained unchanged. So have the skills have the people who make it. That is why the Glenlivet is as incomparable now as it was at the beginning.
Over the years, The Glenlivet range of whiskies has consistently won awards for its finesse, complexity and superb balance. The Glenlivet, acknowledged as The single malt that started it all due to its defining role in the creation of the Speyside style whisky is still leading the way. All The Glenlivet expressions have won awards this year, most of them winning Gold or Master Medals. This is a testament to the outstanding quality of the whisky and a tribute to the skill of our whisky makers who ensure that the quality is maintained year in year out.