Oct 27

Glenlivet 18 Year Old Scotch – Review

Glenlivet 18 Year Old ScotchThe Glenlivet 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

86 Proof

Price Point: $75 – $85 for 750 ML

Distiller: The Glenlivet Distillery

 

Background

Does the picture to the left look a little strange to you?  That’s probably because this particular bottle style hasn’t been in circulation for a few years, at least.

I received this bottle as a gift from my father (what a guy!).  For whatever reason, this bottle had been sitting in his basement for a very long time, unopened.  That wouldn’t work in my household.  Regardless, I’m happy to have this bottle in my possession and be able to share my review with you.

 

Review

The nose on this stuff is remarkably oaky – probably because of its length in the cask.  It has a spicy quality to it as well, maybe a little bit of cinnamon.  Altogether really nice.

The taste comes through as very oaky.  This whisky has a very creamy mouthfeel which I find very pleasant.  The aging of Glenlivet 18 Year Old makes a huge difference in the taste.

The finish is very malty.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Glenlivet 18 Year Old is a really well aged whisky, but there’s just not enough to it to me.  I give this Scotch a rating of 85 out of 100.

As you can see by my previous reviews of Glenlivet 15 Year Old and Nàdurra 16 Year Old, this is ranked lower comparatively.  For my personal tastes, this proves that aging whisky longer doesn’t always produce a better product.

 

-Ryan

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