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Glenlivet 15-year-old

Overall rating
81.57/100
votes
662
Whiskybase ID
WB51877
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The French Oak Reserve
Bottled
20.08.2010
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
New French Limousin Oak
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LC31043
Barcode
5000299295021
Added on
05 feb 2014 7:38 pm by FISHAC
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 45.54

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 15-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.57 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Delicious. In the aroma, well, very bright pastries are straight, a good drink for everyday life.
    • Nose
      Baking, chocolate muffin, cupcake, donuts, followed by sweet red apples, walnut paste.
    • Taste
      Dessert tones, muffins, dough, fruit basket, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium length, slightly bitten pepper, ginger, nuts.

  2. MrDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 83pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose if very classic and clear with notes of bakery, chocolate muffin, nuts and red apple peel.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is sweet, simple but neat with hints of muffins, basket of dried fruits and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is medium lenght, simple, quite spicy with touches of nice oakiness followed by dried fruits.

  3. derandres scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Review
    • Nose
      86 86
      Great, pleasant nose but could be more complex.
      Pear, ripe apple, grapes and honey
    • Taste
      82 82
      Cant keep up with the nose. Light fruit notes, floral, honey and fruity sweetness, for a 15yo i expected more woody notes
    • Finish
      80 80
      Could be longer, not much left but a little sweetness

  4. Matthias80 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Winey aromas on the nose, some wood, cherries, maybe some ripe apple, almost like applesauce and marzipan. The second, third time I feel a little vanilla, the apple gets a little stronger.
    Cherries repeat themselves in the taste, perhaps also fresh plums and the wood, the nutty-marzipan is also there again. The whisky is soft and has a medium body. No sharpness or bad marks.
    The finish is medium strong and mainly characterized by wood and the nutty.

    Would also get more points if it were a little stronger.

  5. Hsh scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Glen Rivet 15
    vanilla, apple
    The unique charm of Limousine Oak
    Spicy Hazelnuts with Cinnamon Flavor

  6. Noname_Drinker scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Bought a sample for a tasting. The overall experience is underwhelming... Except for its superior nosing. For the taste and the finish, the French oak influence is too much, where other sweet notes are faint. I will not buy this again, but would still be glad to drink it if offered by friend.
    • Nose
      87 87
      It smells so fresh and balanced. Notes (from the strongest to the weakest): Floral, French oak influence, green apple, vanilla, honey, bread, creamy, citric.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Strong oak influence. The French oak influence has dominated other flavors. There is little sweetness. In contrast, it is slightly bitter and dry --> Not balanced at all.

      After adding a drop of water, the bitterness is masked. The sweetness is starting to come along with some nutty, dried fruit note.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Short and weak (the 40% ABV is part of the reason). There is almost no flavor for the finish, except oak. Instead of the nutty note, I think it is a little bit bitter.

  7. Francishomola scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      fat Butter, red Apple, Nutty, spices like Clove, some sourness coming through,
      with water a lot more fruity, vanilla, pear,
    • Taste
      83 83
      sweet, spicy, grassy, oaky, a bit watery,
    • Finish
      84 84
      butter popcorn, wood-oak, savory aftertaste, astringent- bitter aftertaste, finish with a dry mouthfeel,

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruit salad. A mix of fresh fruit, green with red and a little more ripe. Pears and peaches. There is also something to blame in all of this. Some sweets later. Vanilla. I'm wondering about a nut.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smooth, sweet, but also a bit refreshing. Enjoyable. Vanilla, honey, caramel. Fruits, fresher and more ripe. Peach. A pinch of spices, cinnamon. Wine notes. Sweetness, vanilla again. Hazelnuts, quite sweet for nuts. With the second sip noticeable aromas of coffee and cocoa.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nuts, sweetness, caramel, honey. A pinch of spices, cinnamon. Some fruit, a peach. Traces of citrus. Wine notes. Nuts again. Medium-long. With the second sip, notes of cocoa.

  9. Emperor69 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The Glenlivet 15 YO The French Oak Reserve

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: The Glenlivet Distillery (Pernod Ricard)
    Region: Speyside
    Fortress: 40%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 01/11/2019
    Barrel Type: New French Limousin Oak
    Age: 15 years old
    Filtration: present
    Dye: yes

    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.

  10. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Soft and rich, marzipan, toffee, honey, apple syrup, citrus, cinnamon, vanilla and malt.
    • Taste
      Juicy apples, vanilla, cedar wood, tobacco, spices - the french oak is very noticeable.
    • Finish
      Drying wood, roasted nuts, pepper and stewed fruits.

  11. manmathiou scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Not bad at all, the nose is very fruity and clean (but irrelevant), the taste and finish of the whisky surprises with great tobacco and oak aromas.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Apple compote, vanilla, very sweet, totally clean, without any alcohol. Unfortunately nothing special either.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Slightly thin, fermented apple, distinct oak, light spice, tobacco, vanilla. I would not have expected now.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is short, with lots of oak and tobacco.

  13. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  14. Petersdrams scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  15. Igitor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Sweet and fruity. Grapefruit and oranges. A tad of oak wood comes through, followed by tones of fruit toffee and apple syrup.
    • Taste
      84 84
      I immediately taste the sweet notes of honey and vanilla. The oranges also come back in the palate. At the end I taste tree bark and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A delicious, complex, long finish with notes of nuts, honey, light oak and also the cinnamon comes back.

  17. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  18. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. DrunkDude scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  20. Bomshanka scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Good cheap standard 15 year old single malt. Nothing spectacular, but a good example of intermediate aging in intermediate quality casks. Very pleasant sipper at a very fine price point. ABV ought to be higher.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh green apples, newly baked bread, slight peach, sweet oak sap. Faint cinnamon and cracked peppercorn.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, barley sugar, oak, apples, bread and dough, sweet plums.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Ending on apples and marzipan. A little drying and medium in lenght.

  21. 11insomnium scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: Light sweetness and spiciness, fruity, some oak

    Tasting: sweet, spicy, oak

    With water: something fresh and fruity

    Comment: Harsher in flavor and weaker than Glenlivet 12. For the taste a bit fuller, more mature and more spicy.

  22. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. Portfolioman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Odor:
    fresh and fruity, further back a pleasant woody note, slight sweetness

    Taste:
    sweet and spicy, very pronounced oak note, some pepper, very pleasant

    finish:
    medium length, oak sounds, slightly astringent

  24. davidloosli scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Apples, alcoholic sharpness, vanilla sweetness, pears, caramel
    • Taste
      Apples, pears, sugar sirup, rather wathery
    • Finish
      Sweetness, barely any wood or taste from the barrel, fruits, light bitterness

  25. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (21) Surprisingly pleasant in the fragrance of the Molotov, liquid and weak at the finish. (82)
    • Nose
      Pleasant, fresh ... fruity ... toffee and toffee and paper ... light notes of dates, pears and wood ... standing up nice orange caramels (21)
    • Taste
      sweet, cream, dried fruits and spices (20)
    • Finish
      Finish with light spices and prunes ... rather short ... paper (20)

  26. BehindSpace scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  27. dRambo scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  28. dRambo scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Mouthfeel and nose are far above the taste - pleasing material but easy drinking
    • Nose
      Apple compote, pear, cloves, orange peel, vanilla, meat broth very clean - fine - delicate
    • Taste
      very pleasing, sweet, wonderful round, nuts, apples, chocolate, oak with some tobacco
    • Finish
      quite short - with oak, light dryness,

  29. Tobi2100 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A little one-dimensional but pretty good. PLV is ok.
    • Nose
      ripe apples and pears, vanilla, cinnamon, some wood, all typical Glenlivet
    • Taste
      again apple, honey, sweet, nice wood
    • Finish
      medium, coffee, hazelnuts

  30. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Has something noble of the finish actually, looks round, but not complex
    • Nose
      Flowers, unripe banana, some orange, spicy oak
    • Taste
      Very pleasant, subtle spicy start, then comes the fruit with orange, nuts and cinnamon stars, hint of anise, then comes the beautiful franz. Oak out again
    • Finish
      Short to medium, warming, some seasoning remains

  31. Whisky-boy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. KOQ24 scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -Apple,Honey,Vanilla,Pale Syrup,zesty

    Taste:
    -Chocolate,Almonds,Honey,Vanilla,Syrup,Coconut

    Finish:
    -soft,medium-long

    O:
    It's good.
    I compared this to the Founder's Reserve and the Improvement wasn't as big as some might imagine.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  33. Doctor B. scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  34. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Fresh, fruity scent, sweet oak, slightly piercing, if you hold your nose in the glass. The taste is a bit tart, spicy. Liquorice with green apples, a hint of vanilla, mild spices. No high-flyer, but very nice as an everyday dram.

  35. Lucky28 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  36. FernetBranco scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  37. jankes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

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