Glenlivet 18-year-old

Overall rating
84.10/100
votes
183
Whiskybase ID
WB145758
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch Reserve
Bottled
19.10.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
1st & 2nd Fill American Oak & ex-Sherry casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
LKPN5371
Barcode
5000299278246
Added on
01 jan 2020 10:18 pm by maltaholic
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 74.06

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Whisky reviews for Glenlivet 18-year-old

24 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.10 points.

  1. phil777thrill scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    I fell for the marketing scheme Glenlivet provided on this one. Is it bad whisky? No. It's just blah and for $125, I'd buy 2 bottles of the 12yr old Illicit Still and still have $20 in my wallet. I bought it. I tried it. I finished it. It won't appear in my shelf ever again. Diluted to 40%, colored and chill filtered. I fell for the marketing. It happens. It's whisky. That's what makes it fun.

  2. CBCB1 scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. antoniod scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    It’s not that bad, but really overpriced. It’s watery and weak, but doesn’t taste bad. It’s clearly a speyside and a hint of sherry is felt. Should cost less and would be a pleasant simple daily dram. The 15 offers much more impact and is a better option and with 40% ABV also.

  6. TF7X scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    During the tasting, I was very curious and honest about this whisky, I was surprised by its taste and aroma, pleasantly surprised.
    I could smell fresh fruit, strong pear and vanilla
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      Caramel and a strong fruity tone
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vanilla and fading sweetness

  7. aquataste scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Complex, delicate, floral, sweet, baked apples, green fruit, citrus, varnish, vanilla, toffee, dried fruit, dark chocolate, notes of sherry, spices, cinnamon
    • Taste
      Light, citrus, sweet, slightly peppery, baked apples, cinnamon, cream, malt, dried fruit, spices
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, spicy

  8. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Pernod Ricard recently adjusted the ABV of Glenlivet 18 by 3%, but unfortunately into the wrong direction. Almost like a quality blend, the nose is characterized by apple sauce, cinnamon and sweet oranges. Very gentle and civilized on the palate as well, emphasizing fruity and spicy notes with a hint of dry oak. More on the short side, the finish is marked by nutmeg, grapefruit zest and soda. It's hard to complain at this price.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE

  9. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spices. Sweetness. Caramel. Ginger. A bit of creaminess.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweetness. Caramel. Spices. Vanilla. A bit spicy. Medium length.

  10. Nazin scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    It's well balanced, not too complex, nothing to fancy. It's relatively cheap for an 18 year old - I guess you get what you pay for.

  11. Hassleswalker scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Moderate dram. At first bump it is a nice and spicy experience. After two sips he is completely gone. And in combination with Hamka's chips from Lays it is very gross. Way too expensive for what it is.

  12. MaroFF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very light, mild with a good taste of whisky. Version 12 and even 15 years old do not have a "start" to it
    The alcohol is completely hidden, which makes the whisky taste like a fruit compote with a nice touch of a warm and pleasant moment at the very end. Perfect as a dessert whisky, and also as everyday dram
    • Nose
      87 87
      delicate, sweet, raisins, white chocolate, vanilla, orange
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, honey, oily, very mild, fruity, orange, light oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      quite long, pleasant, slightly peppery, dark chocolate, warming tip, raisins

  13. Emperor69 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The Glenlivet 18 YO Batch Reserve

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: The Glenlivet Distillery (Pernod Ricard)
    Region: Speyside
    Fortress: 40%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 05/26/2020
    Barrel type: First and Second Fill American Oak and ex-Sherry casks
    Age: 18 years old
    Filtration: present
    Dye: yes

    Nose. First of all, we are greeted, it seems, by a typical feature of the Glenlivet style - sweet citrus fruits, both in the form of a natural roasted whole orange with zest, and in the form of marmalade and candied fruit. The second bright dominant feature in the profile of this whisky is such a fat melted creamy toffee. Next, yellow apples, light raisins, cinnamon gingerbread, almond crumbs are connected. A peculiar, slightly "Christmas" character can be traced in aromatics. However, this idyll of sweet aromas is disturbed, and every now and then, crawl out to the fore, dragging the blanket over themselves, ginger, nutmeg and a light ethanol “smell”, which, unfortunately, the distillery for 18 years in its regular releases has not was able to overcome. For an 18 year old, this whisky on the nose, however, clearly lacks intensity and balance.

    Taste. This time, unlike its predecessors, the whisky is really easy and pleasant to drink, it is not so tanned, the wood acts more delicately despite its age, and the spices do not clog the entire flavor palette and do not dry so much. It all starts with a light sweetish creamy caramel theme, continues with sweet citrus fruits, apples, dried apricots, then more or less delicate spices (ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon) and oak tones come up; at the finish, raisins soften the pressure of spices. All this, however, is just harmonious taste sensations, nothing more - there are no depths of taste here, which are inherent even in many less seasoned specimens of scotch.

    Aftertaste. The average. Dryish. Raisins, oak and spices.

    Outcome. If you just want to have a nice evening, this is probably your choice (I repeat, whisky is really unrealistically “drinkable”). If you are really fond of whisky, then this is clearly money down the drain. The same Glenfiddich 18 YO at a comparable price and output offers a more interesting profile, saturated with sherry influence. Not to mention some Glendronach 18 Allardice. This Glenlivet is a vivid example of the discrepancy between a beautiful wrapper, numbers in the title and marketing legends to the quality of the final product. Yet, no matter what anyone says, with such volumes of production, the quality cannot but suffer. The verdict is just a good whisky “to drink”, take it only at very good discounts, or who cares about the money.

    Rating: 84 out of 100.

    A question for the audience: who has tried Glenlivet Nadurra in different manifestations, are they very different from their regular releases, is it worth getting acquainted with them or well, to hell with them?

  14. manmathiou scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    mass market whisky. Mild, fruity, fresh.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  17. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  18. L_Gillian scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Amazingly inviting and rich, like an elegant perfume.
      Tropical fruits, buttery, bay leafs and other aromatic spices, everything smothered in honey.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Prominent lychee. Sour, fresh, mint,
    • Finish
      79 79
      Too short. Oaky

  19. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    60 € for an 18 year old? You have to get it that way first. Some ten-year-olds cost more.
    Very mild and almost a blend, but pleasing to the crowd. Certainly not bad. For the money there are better things, but a lot more bad things.
    Quite interesting and also something for those who want to go in the direction of a distillery character. An all day dram for autumn.
    Would more percent have done him good? Perhaps. But I think he should be like that with 40%.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fermented grapes. One is reminded of the grape harvest. A whisky for a golden autumn? The color and the nose are definitely right.
      But overall rather flat. A little caramel, a little cinnamon, but the grapes dominate. Some fermented fruit in the form of apples and pears. The typical smell when you first come to a distillery. Exactly the same smell.
      The apples are clearer and more like sour apple rings from Trolli.
      Not very complex and no real depth either. But the aromas that are there are clear and remind you of whisky and the distillation of it. I like it.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Vanilla and caramel as well as wood are evident.
      The sour apple rings go back a little. A sweet one remains.
      The nose is confirmed, but without the grapes.
      Light and mild, very little spice and even less depth. Almost in the direction of blend. The slightly fermented fruits remain.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Also here rather mild and short, whereby the sweetness disappears a bit and it becomes drier, which I don't really like. Also wood and a little bit of raisins.

  21. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    this 18 has no smoky note, the old one does
    more ABV would suit him well
    Although he likes the old one with 43% and I liked this smoke grade better
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, slightly sweet, slightly tingling, spicy, brown apple, slightly gummy, brown sugar, slightly red berry
    • Taste
      strong on the palate
      Sherry, light oak, spicy, sherry goes well, red berries (raspberry?), Light espresso, the alcohol stings a bit
    • Finish
      medium long
      light oak, sherry, tart, spicy becomes more, liquorice

  22. Marcel74 scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is then 18 years old, but it is not complex at all, very flat and no depth ... note: I have that new Glenlivit 18 batch reserve at 40% abv, the old one had 43% abv ... and that one was better .. luckily it was on sale for 66, - but you can buy much better whiskys for this

    Never buy again !! Bad flat and flat whisky without draft and only 40% pffff ..
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity, slightly spicy, a little oak, I don't smell the toffee, but I do smell citrus
    • Taste
      Smooth, balanced, little chocolate
    • Finish
      Short, a little chocolate

  23. Falang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion: This is an amazing whisky! While tasting you can truly comprehend the passing of time, needed to gain depth and knowledge. This is a work of patience. Beautiful aroma with hints of sweetness, sourness and some surprising tones.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smooth odeur; very strong with a great aroma of butter. Hint of toffee, and a hint of cotton.
    • Taste
      92 92
      This Glenlivet is a true masters product, well crafted and balanced. We get a hint of sourness with orange geste, warm apples in the oven, pear and pie. Although all these components are considered to be warm and a bit ambient like a brown pub, this whisky gives something fresh -almost like minty (mentol candy)…
    • Finish
      90 90
      A balanced aftertaste, hints of cardamon and chicory, sensible and soft, royal and pleasing. I don't know why but it is very pleasing... A drink for Kings and Queens!

  24. Georges scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet malt, fruity (oranges, apricots, grapefruit), honey, spicy (pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft, sweet, sherry, oily, creamy, buttery, fruity (oranges, apricots), toffee, spicy, citrus, lemon zest, honey, vanilla
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, smooth, fruity, raisins, oaky, spicy

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