Glenlivet 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original Stories - Illicit Still
Stated Age
12 years old
48.0 % Vol.
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Bottle code
Added on
02 Feb 2021 9:35 am

Average value

€ 44.73

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 12-year-old

93 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.35 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. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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 and some dark beers! 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, simply very pleasant.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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...

  4. tangtang scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great 12 year old malt, especially on the nose. The higher alcohol content is extremely beneficial. Very complex for the age. I would blindly consider him older. Class PLV.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At the beginning there are a lot of pears, very fruity, plums come, as well as honeydew melon, a bit spicy, slightly nutty in the background, the alcohol is slightly present, but not in a negative sense, come later, berries and a little vanilla, slightly sweet, looks older than 12 Years
    • Taste
      86 86
      creamy, lots of fruit, sweet, malty, some nuts, a little pepper, spicy, peach, melon, a little minty
    • Finish
      87 87
      nice fruity sweet finish, the flavors on the palate continue here. There is also caramel

  5. Captain Teague scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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...

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The Glenlivet 12 Years Illicit Stills is very much a modern whisky paying homage to the early days of the distillery's existence.
    • Nose
      Jammy quince, plenty of vanilla and a touch of coconut shavings. Also a whiff of fresh strawberries and powdered sugar. Some faint herbal notes in the background and slightly perfume-y.
    • Taste
      An interestingly fruity arrival, mainly along the citrus variety, but also somewhat dry and fairly nutty. Almonds and roasted peanut skins. A fair spiciness in the background, mainly cloves and a pinch of cinnamon powder.
    • Finish
      Lingering oak spices and a gentle sweetness. Medium in length.

  7. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    "illicit" as in the old days?
    • Nose
      pear, vanilla, caramel and exotic fruits on pineapple syrup
      woody, freshness, almond juice with honey grains, return of plant fragrance
    • Taste
      the aromatic freshness gives the impression of eating flower pistils
      then very sweet caramel, the fruits on the cooked pear with its syrup, the pineapple again, the sweet sensation is intense and hides the return of bitterness
      woody in return, it stings at this time, the retarding effect of the degree high enough finally?
      the end is on the vanilla cream, pastry limit.
    • Finish
      the fruits mentioned and the juice that goes with it, vanilla, dry oak and fresh hazelnut hulls, a bucolic sensation for a finish that hooks over time.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    The one everyone’s been talking about, amongst all the other releases everyone’s been talking about. Alongside the standard 12yo, perhaps not surprisingly, these two are clearly siblings. Here, we’ve a little more funk – from the additional abv initially – but both expressions are interchangeable thereafter. Good whisky is all. A good reminder of how of reasonable the standard 12yo is also.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of pear. Vanilla, cream, sugared almond and Wehrter's caramel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pear, almond, pecan, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, peach and a light spiciness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pear, sugared almond and cinnamon.

  10. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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, but it 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 his 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 the addition of water in the finish.


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