Glenlivet 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original Stories
Stated Age
12 years old
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Oct 2020 11:01 pm by Berlin bartender

Average value

€ 47.10

36 × in wishlist

65 × member ratings

277 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 12-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    48%, non-chillfiltered and a solid age statement for (initially) well under 40 € - did this bottling accidentally drop out of a time machine?

    Ah, and oh yes: it's delicious.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The Glenlivet pears are front and center, along with ripe honeydew melon and peach as well as some unexpectedly heavy and fragrant oak tones (sandalwood, coconut, cinnamon)... Then also a floral side: rosewater and lemongrass, perhaps? Though I doubt that there were sherry casks involved here, it does also convey a "dark" impression (charcoal, deep oak spices), leading me to suspect a combination of re-charred, first-fill and perhaps virgin oak. At any rate, an impressive, deeply wooded nose that seems older and more settled than the stated age suggests. Maybe they did actually throw some older stuff in the mix here to achieve this result, who knows...
    • Taste
      87 87
      What strikes me first is the texture: it's very oily and thick, with a huge "natural" barley flavor that reminds me of some Irish pot still whiskies. So as far as mouthfeel is concerned, this NCF experiment was a success. Banana puree, oatmeal, pear juice, crêpes sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar... The melon + peach combo from the nose makes an appearance as well. Not overly complex, but extremely on point, with very pronounced and clearly distinguishable flavor components. It's also insanely mild and (yes:) smooth for 48%: this goes down like sweet syrup, you don't feel the alcohol at all.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Lots of caramelized oak and some soft, sweet fruit notes.

  2. Captain Teague scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Initial impressions: Dangerously delicious sweet honey apples and pears , classic sherry profile and great consistency in the mouth...floral and very mild besides the 48% and a quite long lingering finish slightly spicy and oaky. Enough Sherry without beeing sherry flooded. I like it a lot especially the plv it offers.. doesn't take water too well imo especially the nose looses - think this is made to drink at 48. Definitely better then the core 12 imagine this Distillery producing more whiskies like this for whiskies for enthusiasts instead of Mass Market Whiskies with filtration and colour..the ib prices just went up last year's too much and they can never give you constantly good quality...

  3. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very decent malt, good expression, and given age and price, it is even stunning!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Perfumy, at first a tad spirity nose, with apples´n´pears! Gets very yummy after some breathing, with more tinned fruit, tartness and some wood spices.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Enticingly oily and crisp at the same time.
      Less sweet than the nose promised, but
      delicious! No alcoholic nip at all.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Although some oaky tones emerge, the finish loses track pretty fast. But again, no off-notes, simple but pleasant. 86 by a narrow margin.

  4. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Tested in a direct comparison with the 12yo Double Oak, which clearly turned out to be the throttled version of the Illicit Still tried here. Everything I criticized about the 12yo Double Oak has been implemented.
    Great PLV! Great Glenlivet! Keep it up!
    • Nose
      Much more present in the nose. It has a slightly alcoholic tinge, which should go away with air in the bottle.
      Very sweet and fruity. Peach, pineapple, green pear, vanilla.
      Unfortunately, he couldn't stand the addition of water in the nose, because it weakens significantly.
    • Taste
      Uii yefiger starts. The 8% more pushes properly. Certainly tolerates water: Yes, with water it becomes very creamy and fruity. Real caramel comes through strong now.
    • Finish
      Long finish and not as oaky and dry as the throttled little brother. Also in the later finish without the artificial note. So maybe no coloring after all ?!
      The illicit still also benefits from adding water in the finish.

  5. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Marketing bottle or good whisky? Well although the story and all the other jibber jabber behind this bottle is clearly marketed, this is quite pleasing and good stuff for an fair price in my opinion. So I guess it’s a bit of both.
    • Nose
      The 48% ABV punches through quite clearly. It gives this whisky a very decent body. It’s very sweet candy like and fruity. Also a tad sourness to it. I get green apples, pear, oranges, caramel fudge and burnt sugar like those layers on top of crème bruleé. I also get a whiff of laurel in the end.
    • Taste
      A good and balanced taste! Creamy, a bit waxy even. Sweet and a tad dryness. Tingling mouthfeel giving me sour apple, honey, again fudge and fresh orange juice.
    • Finish
      This medium length finish gives me quite some pear, licorice, vanilla cream and again a whiff of laurel.

      Taking it’s price into consideration I absolutely would recommend buying this. If you like a typical Speyside whisky on bigger balls (or a 12yo on steroids if you will) for an affordable price, you won’t get disappointed. I’ve paid 40 bucks for this bottle and that is absolutely a fair price for what you get. Is it a BFYB? Well it’s close...no wait, yes it is! A little hand warmth does the job.

  7. erizo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A real surprise, 48%, 12 years, attractive price and just plain good! A great bottling!
    • Nose
      Apples, peaches, caramel, spicy honey
    • Taste
      Very harmonious with the addition of a little water, fruits, caramel, a little honey, a little oak spice, very balanced.

      Without water, so pure: everything stronger ...
    • Finish
      Long and warming, slightly spicy

  8. DavidH. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bang for your buck whisky
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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