Once been the finest distillery of Scotland's Speyside, 'The' Glenlivet is still hanging in there. Their flagship expression remains one of the best-selling Single Malts in the world and is a suitable alternative to Glenfiddich. Showing a surprising complexity, the nose is floral, fresh and delicate, emphasizing on pears and citrus fruits. On the palate, Glenlivet 12 is light and sweet, malty-fruity and easy to drink. Not a lot in the finish though: It's quick, mildly bitter and not very substantial. A classic benchmark whisky without any edges or notable highlights.
RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
A classic and pretty much "the" widely-available benchmark next to Glenfiddich 12 to calibrate your palate before you move to better, stronger, more complex, you-name-it, stuff. Seems in 2021 this one's not only got a new label but also is not the same juice any longer (now multiple maturation)?! Anyhow, a pleasantly unexiting classic.
A light, extremely faintly peaty, buttery, pear-y MOTR Spey, with a pleasant body for a 40%, a nice but simple taste, and a likable finish, but the nose is a bit too immature and quiet for it to earn an 80, and its occasional spirity side takes away another point, landing us at 78.