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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 12-year-old GM
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.56 points
- Strong pungency in the nose and this despite only 40% Vol. Some pear, yellow apples and a touch of exotic fruits and underneath lies an indefinable note. (If you let the malt stand a little longer, then the sharpness fades) On the palate, then some dark fruits are present raisins (Oloroso Sherry Casks share?) Aftertaste medium and still a bit spicy a bitterness comes to light (almonds?) This malt is somehow out of place for a good average grade is missing because clearly a harmonious overall picture. Absolutely no beginner Malt, even if this may suggest age at first glance.
- Not one of the better G&M Glenlivets.
Apple, pear, vanilla, plum and a little pineapple, At 40% the nose is quite sharp and a little chemically?
The first thing you notice is that it is hot and a little bitter then some plum notes come through mixed in with biscuit.
It is a little thin on the palate
Not bad length wise but the bitterness detracts from the enjoyment for me.
- Its time for a Glenlivet-off. Four 12yo’s: ’Pure’, ’Unblended’, G&J Smith green, G&J Smith red, a 15yo and an 18yo to conclude.
N: Glenlivet 12, no 3. This one is decidedly more yeasty and estery than the two previous distillery drams. Other descriptors include meaty/tomato [passanda] sauce, bready-dough and gritty-malt. Its fairly basic and rather crude but i don’t mind it. At least i know where i stand. We’re not far off ‘science lab’ crisps flavouring here. Coming back to it a week later, there are some banana notes - banana liqueur, rubber notes, geraniums,….
T: More malty with a calm but beefy profile, Doesn’t do much, mainly it sits there happy as, er punch? - but it’s definitely whisky. A week later and its simply a weak perfumed, sugary malt. Drinkable innocuousness.
F: Neutral savoury malt all the way with some pepper prickles intertwined. A week later, the pepper has subsided. Its more pleasant innocuousness.
C: Seems as if its been blended to within an inch of its life whilst still maintaining a burliness - how does that come to be? Crude and basic but equally drinkable.
Scores a D