Glenlivet XXV 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)


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Glenlivet XXV 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$599.00 Bottle
  • ABV 43%

This exceptionally old Glenlivet has seen some time in first fill Oloroso Sherry casks. Comes packaged in a sleek timber presentation box.

Tasting note:
[Cursory notes from a 20ml sample]... Glorious, brilliant mahogany colour. The aromas slowly yield scents of fruit cake, sweet barley, dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of bay leaf. A big barley burst is checked by heavy vanilla before the oak tannins kick in. Finishes firm and dry. A few drops of water bring out confectionary / bubble gum scents. Super soft Speyside. 43% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... Finished in first-fill sherry casks for two years. My feeling on any whisky finished in a different cask is this: it should give as much to the flavor profile as it takes away. In this instance, I feel it has, and more. It’s not as nimble as younger versions, but the sherry, along with the extra aging, contributes a silky texture and a richer, fuller dimension to the whisky. I can still detect some of the peach, vanilla, tropical fruit, and honeyed malt I enjoy in younger expressions, but its key flavor components are toffee, honey-dipped citrus, red licorice, chocolate-covered almonds, and fig, along with dried spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, mint tea) that emerges on the palate and peaks on the finish. The flavors are seamless and elegantly balanced.
93 points -, Reviewed by: John Hansell (Winter 2008)

..blindfolded, I might have marked this down as a bourbon with a gender crisis... the nose sends this into superstar status, though for all its brilliance, it's a bit like driving a Mercedes E320 with the engine of a Ford Anglia. 91 points. - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2008