40 Whiskies Under $40: The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve
The Glenlivet. Or The Real Glenlivet. There’s not much I can say about the distillery that hasn’t already been written somewhere. The distillery was established in 1824 and has generally been killing it since. So much so that until The Glenlivet fought for it, many whisky brands appended “Glenlivet” to their name just to try and get some positive glow from the brand name affiliation. Even Macallan did it. But that was then and this is now. Does the legend hold?
The Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak Reserve
- Whiskyboys also like the dram, though find more wood than I did. They all found it sweet, though.
- The venerable Dr. Whisky finds loads in the nose from hippie oils to salty black licorice and contends that everyone will find something different. Well put. He also gets the dry finish but finds more in the palate than I do and equated Glenlivet cork popping sounds with flatulence. Methinks the good Dr. enjoyed the whisky a bit much that night (though truth be told, there is NOT a satisfying pop on my bottle).
- The average on For Peat Sake is a low 78 with descriptors like “Not Offensive” and “too much alcohol”, which frankly confuses me but so be it.
- Peat and Smoke finds oak and spice as well, but agrees on some of the sweeter notes. He thinks its too sophisticated and complex for a daily drinker. Take that, stereotypes.
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