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Overall rating
82.44/100
votes
19
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Label
New Label (2011) with red "18" in the center
Barcode
5000299278154
Added on
05 Sep 2015 7:44 pm by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 8,90

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Whisky Reviews for Glenlivet 18-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.44 points

  1. Jordanite scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Glenlivet 18 is one of those whiskies that is often not given its due credit because its quality is in its subtlety. Immediately on the nose it is clear that this is a blend of both bourbon and sherry maturation, however there are no overbearing vanilla or sultana notes, rather the qualities of both these cask types work in harmony with one another. True to its Speyside roots the nose is dominated by aromas of crisp apple, gentle honey, nutmeg, perhaps even some nuts. The palate is likewise balanced: more apples, honey, gentle spices. In the background are faint hints of Oloroso creaminess from the sherry and citrus from the bourbon. The finish isn't overly long for an 18yo whisky but there is not a single unpleasant note in sight. Those who are chasing a "punch in the face" whisky experience will find this Glenlivet boring, however in my mind it is a great example of a "quiet achiever."

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A great, soft, mild, old, mature and very good Speyside Malt at a great price!
    • Nose
      beautiful complex aroma: oak, sherry, sweetness and fruit (plums, berries, oranges);
    • Taste
      sweet, aromatic on, then sherry, toffee, fruits, nuts; oily, complex;
    • Finish
      long, sweet finish, malty, slight bitterness;

  3. Kaleva scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very good and pleasant whisky, quite complex on the nose. Typical "summer" malt with lot of ripe fruits and linden notes. The palate however isn't as reach as the nose, also the finish is quite short. But this whisky leaves very good overall impression, also the price is very reasonable.
    • Nose
      Floral (roses, linden blossom), fruity (yellow ripe apples, oranges, hint of melons), linden honey, sherry influence, getting grassy with water
    • Taste
      Medium-sweet, nutty, fudge, oranges, malty notes
    • Finish
      Short, getting dry, slightly spicy

  4. mosesumike scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    So there's nothing to talk about here. This bottle is one of the absolute PLV frontrunners. The whisky is for the most called prices an absolute buy recommendation.
    END of the announcement!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very aromatic. With fine spices and woody notes. Immediately caramel is there and in the background the fruitiness and freshness that Glenlivet also knows. Now sweet vanilla with light apple Helene. Fine!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Now stronger aromas of caramel and vanilla and everything combined with wood and herbs. The apple Helene answers again and a hint of cider. Very round and creamy. Then slightly sparkling reinforced by a little pepper. The mouth sounds like orange peel, (not bitter) some oak and a hint of salt and honey. Well done.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Unfortunately, only medium to short but with a minty freshness. Few notes of mirabelle plums. Dry, it reminds you of a warm wood. A hint of sweet nuttiness lingers a bit longer.
      From now on it is always on the shelf.

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex, but tasty whisky. Fruity and also spicy.
    • Nose
      Fruity, tropical fruit especially, pineapple. Apple. Spicy, hint of rubber, also a hint of coconut. Raisins.
    • Taste
      Sweet, honey. Fruit again, tropical fruit. Spicy, liquorice, salmiak.
    • Finish
      Light pepper now, sweet, honey. Mid-length. Wood tones, liquorice.

  7. Jeig scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Easy to drink, surprisingly not so much oak influenced given 18 yrs age.
    • Nose
      Suble tropical fruits, pineapple.
    • Taste
      Subtle, velvety, well balance, little ginger in development
    • Finish
      Medium-long, vanilla, rounded finish.

  8. Astrid scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      65 65

  9. Astrid scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    A typical Speysider, has me personally too few rough edges. The sherry casks have done him good.
    • Nose
      soft and clear with citrus, vanilla, oak and spicy cedar, some smoke and tobacco, slightly sweet with caramel, strawberry biscuit, fruity sherry, peach, flowers and grass, buttery, malt, ginger - very restrained
    • Taste
      clean with lots of malt, ginger and a hint of pepper, very spicy oak, a little sherry, cinnamon and salty hints, dried plum, slightly creamy and nutty
    • Finish
      dry, malt, bitterness, in the background chocolate and sherry, brown sugar, pepper and other spices, vanilla

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

    ‘A fabulous deal’

    N: After four Glenlivet 12yo’s and the 15yo French oak, its time to conclude with the ob 18. Visually its decidedly the darkest of the bunch and theres clearly more cask action. Theres a strong cereal-mash base to this oldie, shared with a polite elegance that Glenlivet seem to consistently manufacture in large batches. Lets describe: buttery, heathery grassiness, [newly mown too], moss, a touch of doughy/putty, a hint of [wetsuit] rubber and plenty of clean vanilla, its a good start, and theres more. Is that fruits or flowers? - something in the middle i guess. I also get frankensence, subtle peated malt and stewed fruits ready for a crumble - plums, apples, mangoes,…. but its the putty malt that talks the most - almost a musty plasticine=bluetac. Hmmmm

    T: Expectedly soft, honey/barley start with peppery, oak oils emerging fast. Moves just fine from savoury to cereal=forest fresh, with the wood oils and fruits remaining. Lots of power here and time to reflect. No getting away from its tight, restricted blended nature though, theres a retentiveness too.

    F: Another certain and gradual fade. Still lots of gravitas till the last.

    C: £55 [MoM Sept ’15] for this bottle is a fabulous deal but batches vary considerably. Its a strong dram and certainly the best of the six.

    Scores a C+

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