Glenlivet 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.29/100
votes
596
Whiskybase ID
WB175817
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original Stories - Illicit Still
Bottled
31.08.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
LKRP390
Barcode
5000299627266
Added on
02 feb 2021 9:35 am
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 45.66

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Whisky reviews for Glenlivet 12-year-old

96 users have left 98 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.29 points.

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A tpretty good deal in it's price class. Maybe a little too much (green) florality as the taste borders on being soapy and the finish is quite bitter on wood extract.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Buttery, floral, fruity and sweet with a little touch of grassiness. An almost lowlandish profile. Vanilla, sweet butter, baked apple, pear, dried apricot, pancakes with icing sugar, a slight note of cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Creamy and buttery, more sour notes than the nose has to offer. Vanilla, apple juice, sweet and bitter citrus, dried apricot, floral on notes of lavender. More pancakes with icing sugar, acacia honey, clove, cinnamon, slight coriander and some white pepper.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length: still creamy and buttery on vanilla and floral honey notes, though swiftly shifting to bitter sappy wood notes like clove, spicy pepper and fresh green leaves and herbs.

  2. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. JoachimV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Apple juice, pear, fruit tella candy (strawberry), peach apricot and icing sugar.
      Very sweet and fruity.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Apple, pear, peach, apricot, almonds, honey, a hint of vanilla, icing sugar, bay leaf and white pepper. Nice mouthfeel!
      Again very sweet and fruity. Compliments for bringing this one to 48% ABV!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length with the flavors from above, although a drying bitter is also involved. Just a little less pleasant than in the mouth.

      Without a doubt a nice whisky for a nice price!
      Good dram also to introduce people to whisky and not immediately serve the ordinary flat 12 year old.
      I just finished a bottle and enjoyed it, but I'm not going to get another one right away.

  4. Obynapewno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      sweet, fruity, apples, pears, clear oak, citrus, melon, caramel, vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      green apple, pears, creamy, less sweet, a little tart, cinnamon, melon, less wood
    • Finish
      84 84
      short, pepper, wood, caramel

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Heard a lot of good things.
    Now he's going to try it himself...

    He's very reserved!
    Opens very slowly.
    It probably says, I was in the barrel for 12 years, I don't have to reveal everything right away...
    Beautiful, sweet aromas, very difficult for me to define.
    Very slightly fruity, delicate wood, minimal vanilla, grapes, dried fruit.

    It tastes special.
    Not your everyday whisky.
    A slight sweetness over the wood
    some liquorice, brandy, dark chocolate.

    I am very positively surprised!
    A delicate whisky, by no means overwhelming,
    with a very good price!

  6. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Glenlivet aims to commemorate the history of whisky making and launches 'The Original Stories'. The first edition is called Illicit Still and is a throwback to the early days when whisky came from illegal stills. Does this whisky have anything to do with the products that were then distilled somewhere hidden in the Highlands? Never ... But at least it has 48% vol and is 12 years old. It's not chill-filtered, and there's nothing on the label about coloring.
    • Nose
      On the nose it is edgy with tart fruits and woody vanilla. It has a subtle sweetness that is more reminiscent of fruit with a high acid content. There are apricots and not yet fully ripened plums. There is little evidence of sherry influence here, this is more of a classic bourbon aging.
    • Taste
      In the taste comes vanilla, the aromas are not very pronounced at first, fruit is stronger in the nosing than in the taste, but the vanilla aromas are well combined with the woody notes and give an interesting taste. Then the fruits come into their own and the whisky develops. Here, too, the sweet fruit and caramel notes are contrasted by the pleasant bitterness. The wood is accompanied by tart chocolate aromas that give the whisky depth and maturity.
    • Finish
      The finish is pleasant with fine wood and some bitterness without being that long.

      This is a classic whisky, due to the decent alcohol strength and the good mix of fruit, caramel and wood. This gives him more character and independence than the original 12-year-old Glenlivet. You can definitely do that for around €40.

  7. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Green apple, wood spice, some alcohol spiciness

    taste
    Strong and yet creamy. Green apple, honey sweetness, nutty, pepper

    finish
    Medium length, fruity, nuts, spicy wood, bitter notes

  8. GlenWim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  9. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 04-10-2022.

  10. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Julia E S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nose

    Ripe apples, overripe bananas, pears and some orange, plus a clear vanilla, some colorful pepper, biscuit, hazelnut nougat, sunflower and straw.

    The nose is reflected in the taste with a nice creamy mouthfeel.
    In the finish then clearly oak and becoming a bit drier.

    Unspectacular but very solid. In any case, a significant increase to the classic 12er.

  13. Halkyon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  14. Candy62 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    All said in reviews above is true! Whisky is rich and full-bodied. I found it little dry too. Leathery, nutty and lightly oaky.
    Great stuff anyway!

  15. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    12.01.2022
    • Nose
      Caramel, cinnamon, apricot, sweet pastries, caramelized nuts, peach, blackberries, strawberries, a bit of cherry, a bit of chocolate
    • Taste
      Honey, caramel, wild berry jam, blackberries, strawberries, chocolate, nuts, a bit of wood

  16. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite juicy with green fruits, honey, sweet malt. Some lemon, a little bit of wood, some grass.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet malt, sugar, creamy light honey, apples, a little bit of melon. Oily.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Less refined than the nose (so was the palate), but still good. Fruity but with some grain characteristics, a little oil, honey, apples.

  17. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. sakis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  19. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Smell: fruity, spicy nose, yellow pomaceous fruit, ripe pear, mango, present but well integrated alcohol, sweetish tip, according to waxy note, dec. Vanilla, overall not very complex ....

    Taste: spicy, woody, sweet base note, the alcohol more present than on the nose, Williams pear again, nice balance, English orange jam,

    Color: deep gold tone with a reddish tinge, medium. Water's edge, of course

    Conclusion: Glenlivet is not only cheap, but also cheap and really good - 48% and not cold-filtered, that would probably also advance some of the other whiskys in the Glenlivet standard range ... Here from the PLV a great whisky that gives hope for more ...

  20. hafssol scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A powerful “illicit” expression for Glenlivet, enhanced by a good abv (48%) and no chill filtering. It’s a fruit bomb at the beginning, with melon and apricot above all, but not so sweet as you could expect (which is definitely a plus). Almond, hazelnuts and a touch of honey are clear on the palate, also revealing some warm wood notes.

    It’s quite easy drinking and not very complex, but not weak nor foregone at all; fairly good and more than enough for applying to become a rich “everyday dram”.

  21. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fine malt that is not very complex or demanding but, in a simple way, has a lot to offer. Mature, harmonious, round. Great thing.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first a little cautious, but after a short time already nice and fruity with apples, bananas, pears. Every now and then the malt looks a bit perfumed. A great honey sweetness mixes with it, which also reminds me a bit of Vitamalz. Fits in harmoniously. In addition, there is vanilla, nuts and fresh wood in the background.
      I like it.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Powerful start as I wouldn't necessarily have suspected after this nose. By no means spicy, rather spicy, slightly tingling. The fruit and the sweetness are nicely preserved. Less vanilla for more caramel. Everything is super creamy and oily. The alcohol pushes that forward well.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, pears apples remain, caramel, some more woody aromas.

  22. MJ84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    After 7-8 months in the half-full bottle, a total surprise, developed from a harsh dram to a rather complex one with a long finish, PLV is great, you want that more often ...

  23. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  24. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is just a very nice whisky, very good value for money. No alcoholic punch, yet far from thin or weak. Thick, oily, with a lot of friendly fresh fruits, where peach and apricot dominate. Very pleasant dram for sure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity and clean initially, a lot of peach, apricot, some pears. Floral notes, no alcoholpunch at all. Very friendly and inviting.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smooth, sweet and fruity. Peachy again, apricot. Thick, oily structure, some honey sweetness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still very fruity, peach, apricot. Some sparkling mouthfeel now, pretty long, pretty warming in the belly.

  26. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. IWE_Sheva scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    Colour - golden, honey
    I like the smell but the taste is quite different from what you smell
    • Nose
      Fruity & summer-ly overall - pear, mandarine, reminds me of Chinese-style banana mochi roll
    • Taste
      Mouth-drying, tannis, astringent at the end
    • Finish
      Medium-long finishing, on the bitter side

  29. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I can only agree with many of the previous reviews praising the higher ABV, lack of chill filtration and the value for money. And of course, the quality, although the finish could be better. Hopefully not a one off.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Green fruits, pears, peaches, some subtle oak notes beneath the surface. Hint of vanilla/powder sugar. Old fashioned sweet shop. Rather punchy and very moreish.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spicier than the nose suggests. Spiced apple pie, quite oak-forward. Creamy and custard-like, with sweet fruits, pear drops etc. Some cooking spices (cardamon, pepper, nutmeg),
    • Finish
      83 83
      Again with the sweet fruit note, although in the finish there is a trace of unpleasant bitterness which is incongruent with the nose and somewhat disappointing in comparison.

  31. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    More powerful than its predecessor. A very good entry-level whisky. I think PLV is OK.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity warmth. Fruit notes, pear and apple. But also a floral note with a sweet touch. Lemon and vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fully. A lot of fruit and again the apples / pears. Vanilla sweetness with a hint of sharpness ... more ginger than pepper.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish. Sweet. Warm. Fruitiness remains for me.

  32. Tokyo_Zurich scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    What a surprise! Fruity, strong, just great. And a price-performance hit. Great bottling.

  33. Jiangoal scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Cantaloupe, concentrated peach juice, rosewood, floral notes. Thick, filling, weak alcohol pungent.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is as thick and creamy as cream, a bit like Irish Pot Still. Caramel, spices, mashed banana, oatmeal with maple syrup. Weak feeling of alcohol.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Charred oak, sweet fruit, soft and long.

  34. JörgW did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Strong start, the 48% cool your nose.
      Malt, apricot and yellow plums in the background.
      After a while, the sherry barrel influence comes a bit forward, dark honey with chocolate.
      All together a nice combination, not boring.
    • Taste
      Slight tingling at the tip of the tongue, a creamy sweetness from the apricot and other lighter fruits.
      Nuts and honey.
      At the end, a light spice from the wood sets out to conquer the tongue, but does not become bitter in the process.
    • Finish
      Medium length, honeydew melon, seasoning.

      Conclusion:
      For u40 €, with 48% a real PGV monster.
      You can simply enjoy it on the side without thinking too much, but you can also occupy yourself with it for a long time, it doesn't get boring.

  35. Svarttt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Best Glenlivet edition in a long time.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and fruity, typical bourbon notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      Honey, wood, seasoning.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Clear wood

  36. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  37. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, great, fruity nose, a little too harsh and coarse in the mouth and on the palate. But given other "crimes" like the Founder's Reserve, a really good new Glenlivet.

  38. Don Cassi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Cherry and marzipan on the nose, tropical fruits and vanilla behind.

    In the mouth voluminous and full without being bubbly, the alcohol content is very well chosen.

    In the finish a flood of tropical fruits, which are replaced by aromatic oak.
    Length: 6/10

    Great 12 year old "standard" that I would prefer to the 18 at any time.

    Grade: 2+

  39. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Balanced malt, nice nose, strong mouthfeel. Here the (for a standard) quite high alcohol content has a positive effect. A clear recommendation at a price of around 40 €.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh, menthol in the beginning; Pear, exotic fruity - mango, papaya? That comes more with time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy and oily, a little honey, light citrus notes, pear, over time oak spice becomes noticeable.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite a long time, a little pepper, fruit and spice finish together.

  40. Vallado scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I didn't expect that. The first "standard" Glenlivet that really impressed me. What a few% more can make, madness. Gladly more of it, Glenlivet - especially at the price!

    Absolute fruit bomb with the best from the ex Bourbon barrel - lots of ripe, yellow fruits, vanilla, mild honey and a very delicate bitter note
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  41. pecathor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Note: Bottle has been open for about 2 months and is ~70% full

    Feeling: I never really loved Glenlivet, it was just not my cup of tea.. But I have to say I enjoy this bottle! It’s very pleasant, fruity, with a smooth texture, bits of spiciness, but I enjoy it.. I’m happy I got 2 bottles, one will be kept for later and I’m sure I will be glad to come back to it:)
    • Nose
      87 87
      very fruity, pears, perfumy (like Haribo gummy bears), notes of a nail polish remover, tart with icing sugar
    • Taste
      87 87
      creamy and oily texture, sweet, citrus, pears, notes of some berries, chocolate, almonds, alcohol is pretty well integrated, dry oak notes, spicy on the tongue
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, fruity, nutty, spicy

  42. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Although I haven't drank Glenlivet for a long time, I can still recognize it in a second. Honey, apple, caramel pudding, and sour freshly squeezed orange juice are very expressive. But when I thought that was all there was to it, I took a sip, and the aroma began to shift to more spices, cardamom, coriander seeds, dried leaves, popcorn, and some waxy texture.

    Drink: Glenlivet, which has always been light-weight, has exceeded expectations in terms of taste, full and smooth, and more oily. The taste buds are also very expressive, caramel, honey, grapefruit, wheat, salty and fresh, high and long.

    Overall: I still vaguely remember the story about the black holy water, and maybe only Gelnlivet would want to mention this history. Of course, I haven't tasted the taste of Glenlivet of that era, but this bottle of works should not shame the black market holy water in terms of expressiveness, complexity of flavor, taste, and alcohol content. Of course, the price is also attractive.

  43. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  44. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. Littlemill73 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Conclusion: not a high-flyer, but a very solid and balanced malt, which fortunately was bottled with a strong 48%, which suits him very well.

    Actually he should have got 85.5 points from me, if you also include the really great starting price of around 40 euros in the evaluation.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mandarin / peach / (mango?) Biscuit (batter)
    • Taste
      85 85
      Not spectacular, but very balanced between sweetness and bitter notes, without one side predominating or pushing itself into the foreground. Very harmonious / balanced between these two poles.
      Just right with 48% alcohol so that it doesn't act too weakly on the palate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Becomes slightly drier after a while (especially on the upper palate)

  46. leeho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  47. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    with water: fruity and even sweeter on the nose

    Conclusion: nice and well balanced malt, which pushes well with the increased alcohol strength
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pear, apple, honey, some wood spices (cardamom and clove, cinnamon), a few berries, the Oloroso can also be guessed with very subtle dried fruits and a few nuts, the 48% give the malt a good strength
    • Taste
      86 86
      Nice start, velvety soft and yet sufficient strength, light and dark fruits, apple peel, nut
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, pleasant, fruit, nutty, some spices, slight bitter notes on the back

  48. JoergMadoMatuschek scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  49. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  50. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very solid bottling with nice drinking strength and great value for money - a very nice experiment by Glenlivet. There is more to discover here than you might think at first. I recommend giving him time to breathe and warming the glass vigorously with his hands at times while enjoying it. Something is really happening there. It is miles ahead of the 12-year-old standard bottling.
    • Nose
      A fresh, slightly cooling and fruity nose. The alcohol is pretty well integrated for 48%.
      Moisturizing cream with apple aroma, pears, oranges, honey, tender oak, raspberries, fruit tea.
      With increasing warmth, vanilla is added and the fresh note is replaced by a heavy and full sweetness.
    • Taste
      Nice and powerful start. Oily and slightly dry. However, the alcohol is noticeable here with a good portion of spiciness.
      Oranges, espresso, pear puree, dark cherries, wood, chilli, caramel, grapefruit, chocolate cake, apricots and also stronger herbal notes.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish. Pear, creme brulee, espresso.

  51. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  52. macwhisky scored this whisky 55 points Connoisseur

    Too much praise for little craft, if the standards had been that way earlier, I would not have found whisky.
    The fact that fruity hints of pears are often mentioned was a sign of unripe malt in the past. The 48% come off quite softly, if this malt had 40% it would be irrelevant or comparable to many other things that are currently flooding the market. In the mouth it looks tingling but not spicy, changing into a dry / bitter mode very quickly. Too much wood! The smell is still ok, but the taste disappoints.
    I prefer an 8-12 year old standard painting from the 70s / 80s. There you can find complex flavors at only 40-43%.
    If you did something wrong to buy a bottle, certainly not. The price is moderate for today's time. But if you don't want to taste it after 2-3x, a bottle for 40 euros is too much.

  53. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  54. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Funtik scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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  56. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For the price of this bottle a very good buy. I am honest to be not a fan of Glenlivet but I like this one.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first not much going on but after a drop of water very active with lots to discover.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy and creamy with lots of vanilla, almond, pear, etc.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nice, medium long, spicy again.

  57. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    ¥300/15 ml @ Isetan.

    Appearance: Deep amber orange.

    Nose: Spicy, fruity, fresh, ginger, vanilla, honey, apple, oak, peaches.

    Palate: Sweet vanilla and caramel, raisins, ginger, cookies.

    Finish: Honey, vanilla, long and spicy.

    Overall: Rich and lovely. Very spicy and oaky, and much nicer with 48% abv. Wish I could find a bottle.

  58. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  59. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Yellow apples with mint, banana, some pineapple, a touch of passion fruit. Toasted coconut flakes. Cherry blossoms. Fresh sawdust.
    • Taste
      Apple, green pear, tangerine, slivers of almonds. Some blossom honey. White chocolate, hazelnuts and a touch of nougat.

  60. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  61. DocF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Crunchy modern ex-bourbon whisky with age statement and dilution reserve for good money.

    A good portion of wood aromas, a little tropical fruit, good vanilla - delicious.

  62. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  63. diaz123 scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    First of all: difficult number that is fun, but also a little disappointing at the same time.

    Conclusion: Yes, Glenlivet, you can still do it and keep it up, reminiscent of the old 12 series. A bit of sherry influence would have rounded off the picture.
    Alcohol could be better integrated, haven't played with water here yet. Wonderful nose and smells older, taste towards 8-10 years.
    Good PLV (37.50 euros as of March 13, 21)
    Do you need a second bottle? Rather not. Do you regret buying the first one? No not at all. Do you have to buy it, otherwise you would have missed something? Definitely no.

    Supplement: Water makes it a little better, unfortunately, spicy alcohol remains and creaminess is increasingly lost.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Wonderful heavy nose, creamy, full, creme brulee, a lot of typical Glenlivet pear, smells older than it is, there is no alcohol. No sherry influence.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Taste unfortunately, unfortunately the alcohol sticks out a bit and seems a bit uninvolved, oily, creamy texture, a lot of caramel, fudge, vanilla, a lot of pear, sweet and sour at the same time.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish. Acid remains, light oak notes, creamy mouthfeel reverberates. Unfortunately, so did spicy alcohol.

  64. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  65. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  66. WLUO scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nose: very pleasant, vanilla, fresh apple with cinnamon and caramelized sugars.
      Taste: summer fruits, nuts, vanilla, dark wood tones and light spices.
      Finish: medium long.
      This whisky gives the impression of being older than the aforementioned 12 years. A nice dram at a fair price.

  67. Comet67 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  68. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Amazing whisky for the price.

  69. Lunkan scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Worth the Money. But not for the experienced one, perfekt for entré enthusiasts, Easy sipped, bit not much goding on! But still a good buy!

  70. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  71. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
      sweetness, dried fruits and green fruits.
    • Taste
      84 84
      slightly dry, a little bit flat on the palate, some oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      some oak, more bitterness with water. I would not advise to use water on this one.

  72. robse211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      very sweet, honey, apricot, peach, fresh pear, apple, cereal, mange, melon, some lemon,
    • Taste
      Mango, passion fruit, apricot, peach, apple, lemon, wood, minimal pepper

  74. Svjatogor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    n: lot of nice honey, vanilla, caramel, sweet and hint of spice, fruits, apples
    t: oak, oily, creamy, fruits
    a: lingering, old wood, nuts, creamy, wax

  75. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  76. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda 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

  77. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a very well made Glenlivet. With a very good price quality balance.
    Very good it is on 48%, instead of their regular 40%.

    This beats the standard 12yo by far.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This is a classic. Very much into the pears. The Haribo pear taste is very recognizable here.
      Little vanilla and a hint of toffee in the background. Later some raisins as well.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full and creamy mouthfeel. This is very well made. Loads of pear and fruitiness. There isn't much development in the taste, but plenty of taste in general.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length. Again the pears and the classic bourbon notes. Fades away with a touch of wood and some brown sugar.

  78. KeesD scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The scent is promising, the rest lags a bit ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      A mix of honey, light broth, little body cream / oily in a positive way ...
    • Taste
      78 78
      Peppery and fairly sharp, a bit too predominant pepper at the start to be honest. The familiar glenlivet taste, but a lot sharper. Is a bit disappointing to me.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Peppery at first, then a bit of nutty aftertaste, not super special, not bad either ...

  79. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A really successful 12-year-old Glenlivet with intense fruit and strong flavor. In addition, a good drinking strength of 48%. In any case, he looks older than he is. Develops more and more when the bottle is open and gains in volume and intensity. At this price a top product and anything but boring - 01/09/2021
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense fruity nose, very spicy and malty, wine gum, red fruits, persimmons, strawberries, chocolate, lavender, the nose is very versatile, no trace of alcohol
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, slightly tingling barrel spice, alcohol is not noticeable at first, sugar beet syrup, vitamin candy, it stays sticky and sweet as sugar for a long time, spices, cloves, cardamom, orange, in the end there is wine gum and a lingering chilli heat
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length

  80. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Today there is a new bottling of a Glenlivet for tasting. The whisky was bottled at 48% vol. When it was twelve years old. The whisky in the glass shows itself in old gold and with a medium viscosity.
    All in all, a very pleasant new bottling at a more than fair price in winter 2020/21.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity when you first smell it, but also with a slightly pungent alcohol. The next sniff is much more pleasant and sandalwood, berries, sea buckthorn, apricots, marzipan and lilacs can be heard. White gummy bears, mandarins, apricots, there is a lot of aroma coming out of the glass. I would like to say: The one that convinces!
    • Taste
      86 86
      The fruity character of the whisky continues on the palate. Full-bodied fruity notes, some sherry, orange, dark chocolate and that with a gentle oiliness. Cloves and cinnamon, some pepper, vanilla, also some oak and mint. I really like it with a little water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      With a medium finish, the Glenlivet says goodbye, not without presenting some fruit, mint and spice again. It looks fresh and youthful and it is worth experimenting with adding water.

  81. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  82. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  83. 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.

  84. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  85. 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.

  86. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An exciting whisky with a higher ABV than the standard and very inexpensive. Characterized by pineapple, coconut and tropical fruits and green apples. Lots of oak, with sharp points and a pronounced spice. Probably with a good share of 1f Bourbon Casks.

  87. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/letting-go-17-phase-2/

    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.

  88. meijer87 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  89. 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.

  90. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  91. 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...no wait, yes it is! A little hand warmth does the job.

  92. 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...

  93. 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.

  94. 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

  95. 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.

  96. DavidH. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  97. 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.

  98. 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...

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