The Glenlivet 18 YO Batch Reserve
Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: The Glenlivet Distillery (Pernod Ricard)
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 05/26/2020
Barrel type: First and Second Fill American Oak and ex-Sherry casks
Age: 18 years old
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?