Glenlivet XXV 43% ABV || 2020
Updated: Oct 2, 2020
Glenlivet 12 is the largest selling single malt in the world. Glenlivet 18 is one of the best 18 year old whiskies in the market. Glenlivet original bottling also has a 21 ans 25 yo. This is the 25yo bottled in 2020 that I tasted.
Nose: This is not fully matured in sherry casks but finished for 3 years in Oloroso sherry casks & diluted to 43% ABV. Sweet and warm spices fill the nose followed by some dry fruits, dark chocolates & maltiness fill the nose.
Palate: Burst of flavours but very silky and lilting. Rounded and a lot mellowed. The lower ABV of 43% makes it quite easy to drink. Vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cloves sift through some dark chocolates, honey oats and dates. A higher ABV like 48-50% could have been better but slightly a different topic that one. Marzipan, black cardamom, cloves, powdered cinnamon, honey fill the palate.
Finish: Not too dry. Sherry sweetness and spiciness linger. Long finish.
A silky vintage whisky. But compared to the old editions, the ‘sherry’ influence is much lighter. Need to evolve to let the vintage feel and flavours come out.