Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
New Label (2011) with red
Bottle code
Added on
05 Jan 2012 10:15 am

Average value

€ 39,66

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 12-year-old

84 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 78.85 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Administrator

    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 [-]
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. AdamsB scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Glenlivet is the second most famous representative of the Speyside region right after Glenfiddich.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Vanilla, flowers, honey oak
    • Taste
      80 80
      Oily, slightly peppery, citrus spring fruits
    • Finish
      81 81
      Oak-chocolate, sweet, pleasant, full of peppery and bitter at the end. Hard to feel at the end of marzipan

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    He was my first malt-love!
    He is still a good standard!
    • Nose
      light, fresh, floral, fruity (lemon, pear), vanilla;
    • Taste
      sweet fruity onion (juicy Williams pear, honeydew melon), malt, fine vanilla, some oak, harmonious but simple;
    • Finish
      light, medium length finish; Oak, malt sound after;

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nobody can eat apple so well :) Sweet, light and a great caramel apple note

  5. Portfolioman scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    unspectacular, tasteless with no edges, but overall lackluster -> you do not have in the house
    • Nose
      floral, light, vanilla, fruity, slightly alcoholic
    • Taste
      peppery, yet mild,
      some oak, some sweetness, some citrus, tart, altogether irrelevant, "flat ironed"
    • Finish
      short, without any shine

  6. whiskyd scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      58 58

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Blind comparison with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/76571/glenlivet-12-year-old I liked this one better
    • Nose
      sweet, good vanilla, mazipan ?, chocolate bananas, slightly cherry,
    • Taste
      soft on the palate Malt, banana, sharpened, later vanilla,
    • Finish
      rather short sweet, light oak, grain

  8. Archer scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Archer scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Old Shatterhand liked me better than Winnetou. Winnetou kills with an oversweet nose, Old Shatterhand is already a bit more discreet. He is also a little bitter on the tongue, the point goes to Old Shatterhand.
    • Nose
      Compare with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/76571/glenlivet-12-year-old W = Whisky in the link (formerly)
      OS = this one here (today) W: Very fruity, almost lovely. Gosh, that's cute. Significant honey sweetness, honey melon, sweet pears, wine gum, some cereals. Fresh and easy.
      OS: Oha, you can make a big difference. Also sweet, but not as much as W. Not so sweet, although here too a wine-mininum is to be found. However, the honey is not as bombastic as in W, less artificially artificial - which sounds artificially more negative than it is meant.
    • Taste
      W: The roars lightly and airily over the tongue and acts at first as with fruity flavored water. Fruits like in the nose (honeydew melon, ripe pears). A little nut on the tongue and a little bitter wood in the back. Chocolate notes come then too. OS: Somewhat bitter from the beginning, not as airy as W. Similar to the fruit flavors, but wood and chocolate are earlier than in W.
    • Finish
      In the finish the two do not differ so much, real blood brothers just. Since OS has slightly more bitter notes at an earlier point in time - which then last longer than the fruit notes - this is noticeable in a slightly longer finish.

  10. MrRancho scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    OK, but a bit unbalanced.
    • Nose
      Bouquet, mango, passion fruit, sweet liquor. Some meat broth.
    • Taste
      Slight floral notes, a little flower nectar. But also strict bitter notes and spicy uninvited alcohol.
    • Finish


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