The Glenlivet 15 YO The French Oak Reserve
Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: The Glenlivet Distillery (Pernod Ricard)
Volume: 700 ml
Bottling date: 01/11/2019
Barrel Type: New French Limousin Oak
Age: 15 years old
Nose. Not bad, a pleasant nose, which can be called fruit-confectionery, but the aromatics are very “thin”, delicate - from the age of 15 you still expect more intensity and complexity of aromas. Grapefruit, orange marmalade, red apple puree, green bananas, creme brulee, hard candy, raisin cake, nut butter, ginger. Unfortunately, the barrels have not completely "killed" ethanol for 15 years, its light plume is still present here.
Taste. As with the twin, the nose remains the best expression of Glenlivet's whisky, the flavor is already on its way down. The taste opens with very light but juicy vanilla and fruits (citrus fruits and red apples, first of all) and quickly switches to bitter ginger-nut tones, which, again, like a 12-year-old “brother”, unpleasantly dry the throat, but not so much ( Apparently, the longer exposure played a role).
Aftertaste. A short. Dry. Ginger, almond, mint freshness.
Outcome. At first I was afraid that this Glenlivet would look like cognac-aged whisky (of which I have already tried several and didn’t like them - I don’t really like cognacs at all, it’s not my thing, so, there are a couple of favorite representatives, nothing more). But, thank the whisky gods, the new Limousin oak manifests itself somewhat differently than the barrels already used for cognac. However, this does not save 15-year-old Glenlivet much. It is perceived as a 12-year-old release, and not the most outstanding. I’ll even say more, maybe it’s a matter of taste, but I personally like the 12-year-old Excellence a little more, it seems more complex, despite its maybe a little more sharpness (although I tried the 2016 release - this is a question about the tendency to worsen the overall level of regular releases , which Tim Tom constantly raises).
Rating: 83 out of 100.