Glenlivet 15

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Glenlivet is among the world’s most well-known Scotch whiskey distillers and is also one of the largest ones.  A range of whiskies for every palate is offered from their distillery in Speyside.  The 15 year aged whiskey in Glenlivet’s lineup is also aged in virgin French oak for 3 years.  It has a natural deep red/browning coloring, which is the result of the added maturation inside new oak as opposed to coloring being added.  The Glenlivet 15 is bottled at 40% ABV, which is slightly anemic.  The question is, is this older version worth more money than it 12-year younger brother?

 

 

Nose: features acidic apple, green grape skins and green fruit.  Raw cane juice and white sugar.  Some mild, yet interesting spices, nutmeg and cinnamon out of the French oak.

Glenlivet 15

Palate: Some mild wood and light.  Like the 12, somewhat raw on alcohol, and somewhat watery as well with golden raisins.

Finish: Perhaps dried raspberries, in a bit of a twist.  Dry tannins that are very nice.  Medium long, and at the very end, a surprising lime oil touch.

Overall: It is okay. The 15-year is an improvement over the 12-year, which does lack a little wood and a little age, which are both present in the 15.  Unfortunately, the vigorous watering-down does make it suffer.  At 46%, it would be a delicious and lovely dram that was worthy of the Glenlivet house style.  However, it is just okay.    Usually, I always recommend products that offer solid improvements compared to cheaper versions in the product line.  However, I purchase Glenlivet 12 due to the price, which here can be found at $24.  The 15-year costs nearly $40.  At this higher price tag, it faces some stiffer competition, as there are other entry-level malts that go for around the same price.  Quite honestly, I would rather spend an extra 5 or 6 dollars for a GlenDronach 12 or Redbreast 12.  Glenlivet 15 isn’t that bad, it just isn’t worth the extra $18 compared to Glenlivet 12.

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