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Glenlivet 21-year-old

Overall rating
87.31/100
votes
537
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Archive
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Batch 40174
Added on
11 Jul 2007 9:17 pm

Average value

€ 182.86

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 21-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.31 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, taste and balance, but it's a bit thin because the low 43% ABV.
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisin, waxy apple, flowers, oak, cinnamon and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Spicy oak, vanilla pudding, apple compote, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Medium, oaky, spicy.

  2. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Time and air allow this initially closed and smooth-ironed malt to blossom properly. Doesn't open up the first time.
    Edith: And not the second time either ;-)
    • Nose
      89 89
      A fruity note suits you and the spice from the barrel tingles pleasantly in the nose. The often mentioned fruit basket consists of ripe tropical fruits such as pineapple, lychee and grape. Everything looks very round and solid. Nothing is felt from the alcohol.
      After a good three quarters of an hour, the malt has changed. Now red berries, oak and a delicate hint of chocolate dominate the smell.
      After a good three quarters of an hour, the malt has changed. Now the red berries, oak and a delicate hint of chocolate dominate the smell.
    • Taste
      90 90
      90 points and still no detailed notes, is that possible? Yes! The Malt offers distinctive livet flavor paired with a neatly spicy start. It changes wonderfully over time and the more you take a sip. Interesting to discover.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is slightly dry at first, but after a hearty smack the fruit flavors spread out. Here it is finally the red berries and cherries that make the sherry barrel muscles play. All in all a long, if rather unspectacular finish.

  3. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. MGHOW scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Great good value whisky.

    Dry and honey sweet, rich. I must have got a good batch.

  5. athelstan scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    What a great nose! Everything is beautifully interwoven. No alcohol noticeable. Unfortunately, the taste and finish cannot keep up with this extraordinary nose. Compared to the 18y, you notice the difference especially in the nose and the bitterness of the oak in the end. In the mouth I find the 18y almost more characterful. The price range fluctuates significantly with the 21y. A big bottle candidate? Not for prices from € 120, -. I find the 18y the better and more affordable option.
    But you can always enjoy this malt - you can't go wrong.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The malt shows up with a beautiful dark gold in the glass. Oily legs nestle very slowly along the edge of the glass. Right at the start, a beautiful nose blows me out of the snifter. I can't immediately divide the different smells apart. It is a successful composition of orange-heavy fruitiness with honey and spices, embedded in a creamy, buttery continence (can you speak of consistency in the nose?). A little journey back in time to Christmas.
      You don't feel the alcohol of 43% at all, just the aromas. Compared to the 18y, this nose is another increase for me - I already liked the 18 year old.
      The beautiful combination of orange, sherry influences, juicy, ripe red pome fruit such as pear and Christmas apples with icing is very nice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Wow! Is it gentle and soft in the mouth. Creamy and slightly sweet at the beginning. A light orange zest note with nutmeg and cinnamon. At the end there is bitterness, dark chocolate, but no more than 60% cocoa.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The bitterness remains. The oak takes command. The cocoa content in the dark chocolate increases towards the end. In addition to the oak, the rest of the spiciness and the chanting of the fruit follow when swallowing. All in all, the finish is not as long as one might have wished for in an old malt.

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is wonderful, you can smell forever. Also in the mouth a very interesting and tasty malt, which could be perhaps even more intense. Overall, a very nice Glenlivet at a very high price. In the offer worth considering.
    • Nose
      90 90
      nice balance between sweetness and acidity; Dried fruit; Forest honey; complex fruit mix; spicy oak in the background; great nose
    • Taste
      88 88
      mild / soft onset; light sweetness with mild fruitiness (orange, apricot); tart chocolate; a little nut and cinnamon; pleasantly spicy-bitter oak behind
    • Finish
      86 86
      slightly dry; not too long; sweet and spicy; nutty; some chocolate; pleasant bitter oak flavors stand out clearly

  7. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Right away. The scent is beguiling. The taste buds ok. The finish short standard.
    Since the magic of 21 years is missing.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wow! A dreamlike fruit plate is in the room! In addition still very floral notes with sweet spicy oak wood. Respect. In addition, the full Christmas market. Hard to believe. Very delicious.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the middle of the Christmas market with some bitter oak. He already transports over what the nose has promised. But unfortunately way too thin! For me, the palate is a little disappointment and therefore only standard.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium to rather short seasoned with light pepper and pickled in honey. Simple, pleasant, sweet, warm and spicy. Finished. Sorry with such a good 18er in the program that is unfortunately too little! Too bad. Had expected more.

  8. markfeit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    candy and dates on the nose, well balanced and elegant in the palate. A great, easy drinking, well aged whisky.

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An excellent mole, a huge leap in comparison with the 18-year-old, the nail of the program is certainly an aroma, lively, changeable, playing many colors, the taste can not boast such a wide range of components, but surprisingly saturated and powerful, the aftertaste closes, smoothes and prepares the background for the next sip. Very well, after the official 12th and 18th years of the samples of extreme smoothening, boredom and dreary sluggishness of whisky that appeared for me, this is just a powerful rehabilitative breath of fresh air, returning interest to the distillery.
    • Nose
      Floral, herbaceous, lemonade, in the background light minerality alternating with lacquer-acetone notes, peel of green apples, wax, noble wood, cream tones, slightly burnt caramel, toffee, fondant, the aroma is complex, develops and changes with time, at first it seems very subtle, you have to look for and track down the tones and shades, but then it changes, opens up to the fullest, turning to tasting something then the other side and it is necessary to tell him that he has something to show us.
    • Taste
      Oak with red oranges, red pepper, sweet syrup, creamy notes. Surprisingly powerful and rich for a commercial fortress, it feels about 50, and from above.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, smoothed, light ginger burning, crusts of oranges, grapefruits, burnt sugar, apple compote, bitter young bark.

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