Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch whisky master reserve

Speyside

Speyside, the undisputed center for whisky in Scotland, boasts the highest concentration of distilleries (more than half the distilleries in Scotland are located in Speyside).  Although the Speyside region is geographically part of the Highlands, it is considered a separate region because of its unique characteristics.  The region received its name from the river Spey, which cuts through the area.  Many of the distilleries use water straight from the river Spey in their production process.  Speyside scotch are thought to be the country’s most complex, and is known for their sweetness and elegant flavors and aromas. 

Famous distilleries: Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Macallan, and blends like Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal.

The Glenlivet Reserve Bottling Note

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for travel retail. This was launched in honour of Alan Winchester, who has been Master Distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak butts and first-fill American barrels as well as refill hoggies

The first time I had Glenlivet was years ago at the Air France lounge in Johannesburg. It was love at first sip. I love the nose the sweetness.

bottled at 40% alcohol per volume in Speyside Scotland

Priced at £85 on amazon and as little at £50

On the nose

I love the aroma on this one. Sweet butterscotch. Or caramel with a hint of spice. The aroma is intensely sweet. With a hint of salt. Vanilla in the background. A little dark honey and apple. I could sit all day and try to identify all the aromas.

The taste

At 40% it feels much stronger. Little pepper sting sting from the alcohol.

Bitter aftertaste. A little like marmalade with a alcohol kick. I was a bit surprised with the rough unrefined taste of this one. Hint of marzipan

Conclusion

Try the 15 or 18 year old one. This for me is a everyday drinker with not much character. Great on the nose but not so much on the taste. The bitterness is to much.

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