Glenlivet 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original Stories - Licensed Dram
Stated Age
12 years old
1st fill ex-Bourbon + 1st fill ex-O.Sherry
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Oct 2021 9:08 pm by DerSchreckliche

Average value

€ 44.96

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 12-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.41 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This is a (small) step up from last year's Glenlivet 12 Years Illicit Still. In my book at least.
    • Nose
      There's lots of fudge, some honey and touches of hazelnut. That's followed by strawberry jam and port-stewed pears, but also whiffs of almonds and liquorice. Finally a tinge of orange zest and peaches.
    • Taste
      A creamy mouthfeel and a sweet, honeyed arrival. First impression is malty, somewhat dry and nutty, and a bit of a spicy punch. Think white pepper, ginger and cloves. Also some herbal notes, but then finally apple peel and melon.
    • Finish
      Lingering notes of crushed mint and sage. Ending on sweeter notes of honey and processed sugar.

  2. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I would say: very good and very tasty!
    In contrast to the Illicit, less alcoholic hot. The 48% pushed me too hard on some days. Both in the nose and in the taste. I think this one got more Virgin Oak for that. Means: I couldn't keep it in my mouth for so long, otherwise the oak would bunch up completely.
    Tasting yesterday went something like this: "Oh, it smells good. Nice color! Whether it was re-colored? Well, try a sip .... Nice mouthfeel, nice oily .... Oh wow, what an oak load, better swallow it quickly. ... Ahh very tasty! I'll take another sip =) "

    Two WSD are already out of the sample and as soon as it is reasonably available on the German mark, I would strike.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    After a surprisingly pleasant ‘12yo illicit still’ we now have this ‘12yo licensed dram’. The illicit gave me so much joy I instantly ordered 4 more bottles after emptying the first one. I’ve been busy with my first bottle for several weeks now. Fresh after popping the cork, and after several months of oxidation. At first I wasn’t very impressed. After a few weeks of oxidation not much changed. Now, after a month or 1.5 it’s time to make up the final ‘score’.
    • Nose
      Fudge, apples and hazelnuts. Cake dough. A little closed and definitely more bourbon driven then the illicit still. Some kind of a metal off note in like lead. Don’t like that and it seems this has gotten into due to oxidation. Caramelized apples, marzipan and some chalky notes. With water the nose falls apart quite a lot. Leaving it to be an everyone’s friend at the bottom of the market.
    • Taste
      Smooth upon arrival. But shortly after it starts to go in all kinds of directions. I get quite some dry flavors and the alcohol is too prominent in my opinion. After a while it starts to get more eased down. Orchard fruits, citrus fruits and honey. Not a lot of nuttiness inhere and again that lead-like note. Adding water gives the body a rather poor and watery impression.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fudge, caramel, butter, wood shavings, almond, nutmeg and licorice. Again lots of bourbon-like flavors. Adding water will shift the balance even more to bourbon. I really don’t get any sherried flavors. Quite some dry oaky sawdust at the end.

      It wouldn’t be wondered if the balance was 80% bourbon and 20% sherry. If the sherry cask part was bigger, the casks were at least not very active.. water doesn’t do any good, but without it, the alcohol annoys me a lot.
      In my opinion this is completely inferior to the illicit still. The illicit still ready added interesting twists to an otherwise rather boring 12yo Livet, giving more richness and sherry flavors to the whole. It gave an otherwise boring 12yo balls and character. This Licensed dram isn’t really adding any value for me. The higher ABV is more annoying then it gives me a smile. Adding water and this dram will fall apart instantly, returning to a boring 12yo again. So no.. this is not giving me goosebumps and it’s definitely a step down compared to Illicit. Leave it and spend your money otherwise is my advice ;)

  4. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I haven´t seen good standards like this one from Glenlivet in a long time (the illicit one aside). This fully licensed dram is really good in my opinion.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Apple & pear pie meets IPA hop flavours.
      Astonishingly, it is still whisky though :)
      And a good one. I like the combination of waxy oiliness and tannic crispness in this sweet and sour juice, even if it is not utterly complex.
    • Taste
      87 87
      I like the combination of waxy oiliness and flowery aromas in this sweet and sour juice. On top of that here is an interesting retronasal whiff of dry geranium leaves.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Actually a pretty long finish with elegant tannic crispness, albeit not utterly complex towards the death.

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      baked apple, caramel. sprigs of rosemary. Cookie dough, chopped almonds. Chestnuts, some chestnut honey. Behind some lilacs.
    • Taste
      Apple pie, butter biscuits, apricot jam, some orange zest. A hint of white pepper. milk coffee.

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    On the first opening it totally smelled like Bourbon whisky. Only after a few minutes, and now on the second opening the dram 'transformed' into Scotch on the nose. Funny!
    Other than that this one seems more mature than the Illicit Still in regards to added wood aromas. Think I read sth about virgin oak being involved at some point in the maturation process this time around. That would fit the impression. This one also seems a bit less biting on inital opening, the alcohol is integrated fairly well. On the other hand I really like the predecessor for its more pronounced bright, yet cooked, fruitiness in the foreground while there's enough cask influence to bolster up the finish, especially compared to Livet's normal 12 yo.
    Since the Illicit Still imho needed weeks if not months of contact with air to fully round out and blossom, the rating for the Licensed it meant to be a bit 'reserved for now' with 86 p. At this point I can acknowledge the differences and a supposed progression (despite the same age) from the Illicit Still, but I do not find this one better per se, just a tad different. All in all both are very good advanced beginners' malts @ sub 40 EUR and much preferrable over the usual - now different kinds of - 12 yo Livets @40/43% abv. in terms of richness, oily mouthfeel and prolonged finish. Highly recommended though beginners might find these a bit too demanding at first. :-)

  7. whisk_guy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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    Glassware: Glencairn
    Colour: Gold
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peach, vanilla, fresh pineapple, hazelnut, oaky, malty, ginger, ginger bread, light raisin
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium major, vanilla, peach, white pepper, oaky
      5/10 Sweet
      3/10 Sour
      7/10 Spice
    • Finish
      83 83
      Vanilla, white pepper, light peach, dry oakiness
      Length: Medium Minor (1min12sec)

  8. Bene37 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: tangy, floral, citrus notes (mandarin), marzipan, green apples, a little nutty, some honey, perfume, a clove

    Palate: round and oily, baked apples filled with marzipan and a pinch of cinnamon, nutty, some honey, tart notes

    Finish: medium-long and warm, marzipan, tart notes, slightly cinnamon

    Rating: I think it's really chic: tangy citrus notes, baked apples with marzipan and cinnamon, nice nutty and pleasantly tart notes - a clear recommendation and, for my taste, much better than the illicit still from the series, which I "only" liked. You should definitely keep an eye on the series, maybe Glenlivet can do some good self-bottling after all?

    89/100 or 7/10

  9. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blenders glass.
    Amazing for this price range!
    Illicit Still was good, but this release raises the bar to a new level. The nose is the strongest point. Definitely included in the category "Favorite regular season to drink."
    I will continue to watch the releases in The Original Stories series.
    Nose: sweet, fresh and dried fruits, spices, pastries with cinnamon and lemon zest 23
    Taste: sweet and astringent, repeats aroma, honey, ginger and oak appear 21
    Long aftertaste, sweet fruits, honey, black pepper and spicy herbs 21
    Ballance 22
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    After the illicit still, another well-made bottling with a decent drinking strength and a great price-performance ratio. Hats off to Glenlivet!
    Bottlings with a rather dry character are not so much in my prey scheme, otherwise I could have rated the "palate" and "finish" much higher.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is full, round and harmonious and really gives something away - ripe dark fruits and a good load of spices. Vanilla, cinnamon, anise, juniper, tangerine peel, prunes, apple blossoms, honey, sweet malt, peach juice, fine oak spice.
      The alcohol is barely perceptible.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Amazingly oily and creamy body - tingling start. Quite dry and much less sweet than the nose suggested. But again nice and spicy. Caramel, orange peel, walnuts, hazelnuts, old wood, strong oak, dark chocolate.
      The alcohol strength is just right.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, slightly dry finish. Orange, Apple, Hazelnuts, Cardboard, Oak Spice.


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