Glenlivet 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
21 years old
Batch 40174
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 Jul 2007 9:17 pm

Average value

€ 191.51

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630 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 21-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.20 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    First of all. The scent is beguiling. The palate ok. The finish short standard.
    The magic of 21 years is missing.
    • Nose
      Wow! A dreamlike fruit plate is in the room! In addition, very floral notes with sweet, spicy oak.
      Respect. Now the Christmas market.
      No question ... this nose is very tasty.
    • Taste
      In the middle of the Christmas market with a little bitter oak flavor. It already carries over what the nose promised. But unfortunately much too thin! For me the palate is a bit of a disappointment and therefore only standard.
    • Finish
      Medium to short seasoned with white pepper and marinated in honey. Simple, pleasant, sweet, warm and spicy. Finished. Sorry with such a good 18 in the program that is unfortunately not enough! Too bad. Expected more.

  2. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    World class whisky.
    Certainly not a sherry bomb like the Glendronach 21 or the Glengoyne 21, but extremely balanced, complex and soft. Lots of dark chocolate with a light sherry note, lots of dark fruit and a certain nuttiness make this whisky one of my all-time favorites.

  3. 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.

  4. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Burch scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Notes from March 2nd, 2014:
    Nose: Rich with great range and depth. Mint, ripe pineapple, bakes apples and leather.
    Palate: Full but drier with a nutty sherry and oak. Has a Christmas feel. Dark chocolate.
    Finish: Long and smooth. Slight rancio with treacle and wood, apple spice.
    I found this one did well with a few drops of water.

  6. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Let's keep it short and simple: cherry-apricot-plum jam. The sweetness of the cherries, the fruitiness of the apricot and the flavor of the plum. All in all very pleasant and very well done.
    BUT: I personally like the Glenlivet 18 years much better. As is often the case, most whiskys reach their individual climax under the age of 20. In addition, only outstanding barrels stand out. It seems to be the same at Glenlivet. At the end there is a deduction for the miserable price-performance ratio. Dear people, this part is just absurdly overpriced.

  8. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert 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.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. MGHOW scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Great good value whisky.

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


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