Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Interesting fact… The Glenlivet 12 Year Old whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be The Glenlivet 12 Year Old whiskey, instead of whisky.
Nose: Sweet creamy vanilla, honey, pineapple, vanilla, pressed apples and a little cinnamon.
Palate: Apple cores, fresh and fruity trifle and creamy citrus.
Finish: Long and delicious, almonds and apple.
Overall: One of the best selling malts in the world, well-worth re-visiting.
Great Whiskey for beginners exploring their palate.
Nose:Fresh, Crisp, Ripe Banana, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Turkish Delight, Vanilla, seems to have been matured in a sherry butt, Slight hint of apple after about 50 minutes in the glass, Crisp fruit, Floral, Hint of Red Liquorice, Candy Confectionery.
Palate:Wonderful arrival, Intense Sweet Honey, almost sharply sweet, Intense Barley, Hint of Salted Dutch Liquorice.
Finish: Quick finish, not a lot in the finish. At the end of the development there is a very slight hint of peat (not sure if that's been used by the distillery.
This scotch whisky surprised me. Recommend a slight addition of water Don't overdo it! Less is more. You don't ever want to water down a single malt, which means NO ICE EVER, save that for the blends (or if you really like your whisky cooled down temperature wise, invest in a good set of scotch rocks.) But this should not have more than three or four drops of water to what is roughly a 25ml serving.
This is not as complex as the Old Pulteney 12yo; You'll notice there's less going on but, that being said, it's still a quality entry level whisky and very affordable.
8.1 out of 10.
3rd March 2014
It smells like whisky, it tastes like whisky. But it's all a bit dull. There's nothing to make you think, nothing challenging or particularly interesting about it. Perhaps not a bad place to start out in the world of single malts but there's more interesting stuff available cheaper.
1st March 2014
It's good beginner dram. J would recommend it to experienced whisky drinker
26th February 2014
This is a good baseline scotch to start with. Smooth and easy, fruity sweet and notes of tobacco. But this is not a complex whisky. Easy drinking. Also a good one to serve when you have several guests over and dont want to break out the special stuff :)
Wanting to enter the world of Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet 12 was recommended as a good beginner bottle. Especially since 375mL bottles are easy to come by, the financial commitment was easy to make. It was a good intro. I had to start with a splash of water. As my palate began to develop I could start taking it neat. About 1/2 way through the bottle, I ordered a glass of Glenfiddich 15 neat at a local pub. A huge step up and promptly ordered a full 750mL bottle of it. The Glenlivet 12 is good and had I not first started with it, I would not have appreciated the 15 nearly as much.
17th February 2014
tatses like whyte mackay special but finnishes with the taste of jack daniels
23rd January 2014
Quite frankly rather disappointingly dull, buy something else instead like Teachers which is cheaper.
22nd January 2014
My granmother drank scoth in the winter, tonics for summer. I usually drink Crown or other bourbons. I hate to crack open a great bottle and hate it! What do you guys think? As a female with no scotch experience, is it worth a try?
21st January 2014
For the price, this is a very great-tasting Scotch. Though if you are in the market, I would add some more years on it. The extra price is well worth it, especially when you get to the 21.
I would definitely say this is a good "starter" Scotch. You don't want to start too old (expensive), or that is all you will have a taste for.
18th January 2014
My taste buds are just fine and I don't like wine. The taste of this reminds me of wine too much that is all. To each their own. I liked the Balvenie 10 better. If it was still available, I'd get that any day over this.
Smooth, easy to drink. Not over-bearing. Gives you a nice feeling without heaviness. Doesn't bite but you get that great flavor burst. Really good stuff (I wouldn't steer you wrong). Get a bottle and see for yourself!
13th January 2014
If you want to pay x amount of £/$/€ for a malt then go ahead, you pays your money and you makes your choice, this is well worth the money, a taste that doesn't make you feel like you have had your head in a peat bog all night,try a wee dram of it in a bar first.
I guarantee you will get a bottle, and to the guy above, the wine lover, get your taste buds checked.
10th January 2014
I don't know... I find this whisky just doesn't taste Scotch, it tastes more like a 40% alcohol white wine...if there ever was such a thing, lol. Not that it's a bad drink, I just find it way too fruity in taste and smell for my liking. If I wanted to drink white wine but wanted the bite of whisky I would buy this. Honestly, I would rather drink the cheap Dewars White Label...at least it tastes like actual scotch.
5th January 2014
Bought this in the Dec sales fantastic whisky was gone in no time at all, bought myself another one straight away after, nose you can pick up lovely apple notes and also on the taste, this is so far my favourite whisky to date
1st January 2014
Tastes no better or worse than most other sub-£40 whiskys. It smells exactly the same, of whisky funnily enough. Some of these reviews are laughable.
28th December 2013
A very excellent scotch whiskey. Had my first taste last night. Recommended for all whiskey drinkers.
Even though I don't know all the particulars of decent Scotch, I opened this bottle tonight after all the kids and grandkids had gone from our Christmas gathering. I must admit that I'm only a hillbilly from the Ozarks of Missouri, so my opinion is only that. This is some of the finest alcohol that has ever touched my tongue, and I've been a whisky drinker since I was 14. (didn't like the taste of beer). This is, too me, the perfect ending to a good, long day. Makes the homemade bread a treat. And, I might add, enhances the weed in my pipe. I've found a new favorite,
26th December 2013
If you want a single malt with great taste and a great price, you dont come any closer than the Glenlivet 12 year old.
24th December 2013
This was the 3rd Scotch I'd tried, and now having tried around a dozen from Ardbeg to Dalmore, Highland Park to Old Pulteney, this stands out as a carefully controlled flavor combination. More complex than Glenfiddich, less complex than Highland Park, not as sweet as Dalmore, and nowhere near the odd flavors of Old Pulteney and Ardbeg. It is as close to a daily dram as I have found.
18th December 2013
Interesting scotch to start with, but you should try something else like Jura, oban or balvenie to real get into scotch.
Always a fine dram - consistently good and great value. But beware if you take it as I do with Irn Bru then it does not mix well! Try Singleton of Dufftown 12 yo which mixes perfectly.
17th December 2013
Yes, this is a good'n. Smooth, and though not terribly complex, and a very satisfying dram with water. For what it's worth, it knocks the stuffing out of sub £30 blends.
26th November 2013
By far the best SMS in its price range. Prices in the UK are a pain-Its available in INDIA for GBP 21.79
24th November 2013
This doesn't need to try and pretend to be an Islay scotch to impress you by hitting you over the head with smoke. It lets its taffy taste linger, but there is no burning in the throat afterwards. Truly one of the better scotches I've had, along with Lagavulin (sp.) 16 YO
First a review of the scotch. Glenlivet has been my favorite scotch for over 20 years. The 12-year is very smooth and as you develop a palette you should taste some hints of sherry, spices and vanilla. This scotch is a great starter for those wishing to become scotch drinkers. I rated it at a 9 because the 18-year and other Glenlivet's are a notch above this 12-year.
On a different note, I noticed a lot of debate on "neat" vs. "on the rocks" vs. adding a splash of water. I found this article to be very interesting. Personally I prefer (and have always drank) my scotch neat. The master distiller for Glenlivet, Mr. Alan Winchester, uses water. Article here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/scotch-drinking-tips-053012
22nd November 2013
My first single malt was Glenlivet and from that on will be one of my favorites. I often find myself comparing this whiskys to others that I have tasted.
21st November 2013
My first taste of this stuff really opened my eyes to single malts. I wish I could rate it higher but more than one of these gives me a splitting headache. I found it sweet and smooth with a bit of a long and slightly unpleasant smoky aftertaste but I am no Scotch expert. Very tasty stuff I would recommend anyone looking to try their first single malt.
9th November 2013
I get the Glenlivet litres at the duty free frequently. At $35 a bottle it's a great value. It's not the most exciting dram, but it is more than acceptable.
I give a perfect score to any liquor that I can drink upon opening the bottle, have it everyday until the bottle is empty, and then later on, I have an urge to buy another bottle. This is the scotch I like to keep in stock. I'm a gin lover, and on certain days, I go to the Glenlivet. Usually on ice, sometimes neat. Most of my friends drink beer or mixed drinks - mainly composed of vodka or tequila - so when they drink with me, I usually introduce them to Glenlivet on ice, and talk them through what they might smell and taste. It always gets them interested in scotch.
Single malt, or blended? I'm a liquor lover so I drink it all. If it tastes good, I'm on it. I don't like sweet stuff, so most rums and those foo-foo liquors like Kahlua whatever tooth-decay drinks are out.
For vodka, I push Stolichnaya, for gin, it's usually Bombay Sapphire or New Amsterdam. For whiskeys, I push Jack Daniels if you want hair on your chest and a hangover you'll never forget (but it IS a unique taste so I urge friends to sample it on ice) and if you want to have a smooth, nice experience - it's Glenlivet.
Mind you, I'm a gin and trappist beer lover, rarely touch scotch. But when I do, Glenlivet is always at hand!
Recommended for first time scotch drinkers, and a great go-to for scotch veterans. Bottoms up!
26th October 2013
Forgot to rate, but for me it's an 8.
21st October 2013
I really liked this scotch. I find it has a sweet white wine like taste and smell. Tis rather enjoyable neat or with just a touch of water.
nice and smooth. I love this
6th October 2013
Let's face it, this is a beginners scotch, and although not a particularly bad one, it represents all that scotch can be when done for the masses. Readily available? Everywhere they sell liquor. Inexpensive? Cheap even when not on special, which is rare. Agreeable flavour? All two of them. BUT... Watered down to the minimum of 40%? Yup. Artificial colour? Indeed. Chill filtered? All that flavour on the cutting room floor. Which brings me to the end result... a very one dimensional whisky that may or may not have at one time been quite good. We need to look no further than the substantially better "Nadurra" bottling to see that Glenlivet doesn't need to be nearly flavourless. Such a waste.
5th September 2013
My first single malt scotch and it is by far the best scotch I have tasted to date. highly recommended!
2nd September 2013
Like the title says, it's an great introduction into the world of Single Malt Whisky. It is very smooth and soft, with a hint of vanilla. Best quality for the price!
10th August 2013
Really enjoy a GlenLivet. It ranks amongst the best, I put it about 5th from the top, but we all have different tastes!
8th August 2013
Needs no introduction in the world of single malts/
its simply one of the very best. Light & worth savoring before during or after meals. Cheers!
30th July 2013
I could never approach a scotch blend-repulsive, but late in life learned of single malt scotch. Glen Morangie...Glen Fiddich....well done; but none so smooth, so resilient,so palatable as, the Glen Livet...Bravo..It simply gets no better than this.....
8th July 2013
as a scots who is spoiled for choice as the whisky goes this is a very tasty little number nice flavour warm finish lovely aroma and yes i got a glass here now theres only on country that makes the best whisky in the world and you got it in one scotland slanji
15th June 2013
Its light, quite tasty, very easy drinking, not too complex or long lasting but an acceptable dram.
3rd June 2013
I have to agree with he gentleman above, it is VERY smooth and easy to drink. Distinct flavours without being overpowering. As a big Jim Bean Black drinker trying this has broadened my horizons to other whiskeys. I will be trying a new one each time now!
23rd May 2013
ONLY A TRUE SCOTTSMAN KNOWS THE VALUE OF GLENLIVET.
22nd May 2013
We in India are not keen single malt drinkers,but I am one who love it.I have tried many brands mainly when I am abroad and found this to be one of the best if not the best in its price,quality and drinking satisfaction.Go for it any day any time.
20th May 2013
Drinkable. I get the hint of lemon zest and that "is there going to be smoke or not" pre-tasting aroma, which is then followed by a body I have to say is similar to JD red. No weight at all, the previous aromas are there but clearly not yet properly settled into the drink.
Tried it neat, broken, iced and even mixed, couldn't find a way to say 'yes, this is nice'. I will say broken with a mil or 2 of water did mellow it nicely, but still with that disappointing hint of flavour without delivering.
In its entry level bracket, I would rate it lower than the Highland Park 12, the Glenfiddich 12, the Glenfarclas 8, and the Laphroig 10. The younger drams all have a bit of that 'wish they'd left it a little longer' theme, but nothing quite so bad as the 'Livet 12.
18th May 2013
Agreed with numerous above reviews. Great, afforable starter scotch. Still love it to this day.
14th May 2013
GOOD STUFF.SMOOTH.EASY TO DRINK.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
17th April 2013
This is a great starter whisky, a bit more complex than the 12 year glenfiddich. Nice and smooth. Recommended.
1st April 2013
i forgot the stars above
29th March 2013
I love reading some of you fruitcup wannabe snobs with your complex reviews. Totally entertaining. Bottom line....this is some good dip. Enjoy.
26th March 2013
Like said above, this is nothing too aggressive or heavy. Whisky is very easy, but not bland. There's enough depth in here to nudge this easily to the better side. Everyday whisky.
10th March 2013
I tried this for the first time tonight. It's a very calm whiskey with a smooth buttery taste. I would certainly associate the pastry sort of taste with it. I prefer whiskey to be a bit earthier, but for me this would be a great whiskey for a warmer day. Not my first choice, but this is certainly a good step up from cheap whiskey and perfect if you like a more buttery taste.
28th February 2013
Ive evolved to scotch by way of irish wiskey by way of bourbon, still a beginner although Ive mainly drank Dewars to start. Very nice step up from Dewars, look forward to continuing my education.
25th February 2013
Last night I tried this whiskey for the first time and I was really surprised. Very smooth taste. Before I tried Laganvulin, Oban and Talisker, which are very good whiskeys, but more money. Lagavulin is still my number one but when you compare price and quality then thisone comes close. I recommend Glenlivet 12 to everyone who apreciate a good whiskey.
15th February 2013
A super light, floral, sweet single malt. Coats the mouth in a loving warm way with lovely notes of vanilla fudge, candied peels, buttery pastries, creamy vanillas and citrus tones - like lemon meringue pie and butterscotch. The nose is light, floral, citrussy and overall pleasant. The finish can be quite long with vanilla, citrus and malted barley taking the fore, and after a while lovely honey comes back. One of the better single malts in the 20-30 range but not one to dwell on for too long, and for intermediates you're going to want to move on to slightly more expensive complex whiskies than this one.
8th January 2013
Well everyone is entitled to their opinions and everyone's taste is different, i guess that is why there are so many different whiskies, there is a malt out there for everyone.
Me, i'm no whiskey expert, i tried the Glenfiddich 12 year and loved it so thought id try the Glenlivet 12 as it was another popular 12 year old....very nice it is too! Can't go wrong with either...enjoy!
30th December 2012
as a (formerly) deep south (u.s.) bourbon sipper, i moved on to the ryes (still my favorite whisk(e)y expression, but have returned to irish examples...which sparked an interest (again) in the wide world of scotch. i bought a bowmore years ago...too much smoke and peat at the time...loved the salty-sweet balance, but retreated to my rye. lately...back to watching 'ralfy' reviews etc. wanted to try scotch agaim--unpeated--if possible...couldn't find the two lowlands i was in search of (you probably know what i'm talking about...A & B!)...but decided to hit my local PLCB store here in pennsylvania...and there it was, day after christmas. the last bottle of Glenlivet 12! they had the 375 bottle but i went for that last 750 (and on sale! 36.99!). yes, this is SUBTLE...complexity is there...water added revealed more honey...but keep it totally NEAT. a really really perfect dram. sure, the 4 star status would quantum leap to 5+ stars if it had a little more complexity upfront...but i cannot complain. i almost bought the Glenfiddich, but glad to have started here. i know my rye/bourbon/uisce palate can progress 'faster' but just enjoying the mellowness of this classic scotch. the world just went HD ;) cheers and happy yule all
26th December 2012
Mój pierwszy smaczny single malt.
15th December 2012
Have to say this is one of the finest whiskies I have drank. Beautiful aroma and finish.
14th December 2012
very good whiskey for the money, and very easy to drink, I would highly recommend this whiskey to anyone who is new to the whiskey world
11th November 2012
Simple yet so complex. Glenlivet 12-year old was my first single-malt and has become my "every-day whisky". Some days I may treat myself to a 15 or 18 year old but on most evenings is a few ice cubes and a dram of Glenlivet for me!
1st November 2012
Glenlivet 12 is a solid good single-malt for a very fair price!!
However say something else better drink vodka!!
Recommended without doubt!! If you wish more, pay more, and taste for example Macallan"fine oak 21y. (750.00 US$!)Superb!!
28th September 2012
It's a sub-mediocre whiskey good for the ones that have had there share of Grant's, JW red and black labels, Jack Daniels...or Chivas and want to start their single malt journey. I would take Glenfiddich 12 over it, but that s a pretty mediocre whiskey to, so it's a matter of taste.
Highland Park 12, Laphroaig 10 (especially cs), JW green lable (even though a blend) are all superior whiskeys in the same price category (just to name a few)
23rd August 2012
i rarely drink scotch, and i must say. The first taste got me hooked! I drank my quarter cup combined with a bottle of Stella Artois. A perfect combination i must say. If you're a first time scotch drinker or a veteran, this is a drink i recommend to anyone!
13th August 2012
So disappointed,this is dull stuff.It's just moderately pleasant whisky with few features.
25th July 2012
Along with the Balvenie, I'd recommend the Glenlivet to anyone wishing to get into single malts. For me, it's come to define what the Speyside style is all about. Highly recommended.
22nd June 2012
very nice, good in taste, smotha and it is best in all same categories. I will give it five star.
12th April 2012
very nice with a smooth but warm kick . 5 stars from me
5th March 2012
While in northern New England some time ago, a friend and I took off for the Portmouth Brewery for some drinks in old town Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There, we sampled Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and Dahlwinnie. It was a great way to discover single malt scotch.The Glenlivit is very good and I drink it neat, cold, no ice. The whole spectrum of taste, beginning to end is satified for me. Great scotch, as are those aforementioned as well.
26th February 2012
Popped my Scotch Cherry with this one recently and I will be definitely be trying it again! Great flavors with a smooth and very gently warming backside to it. One of the few whiskey's I've purchased where the makers were not as interested in making the alcohol the primary taste.
I won't claim to be a student or give some pretentious review like I know what I'm talking about. All I know is, this is a great Scotch. I drink it neat (nothing, not even ice, to sully the taste)... a double, about 45 minutes of savoring the various flavors, and I'm good... if you're gonna use ice, grab a cheaper blend of single malts, and if you're gonna use water or any other mixer, go get Cutty Sark. If you like Scotch, this is great stuff.
19th January 2012
scotch is an idaviules taste personally ive tried many different scotches at many price points and glenlivet 12 yr turn out to be the drink for me.
17th December 2011
i Give it 10 star i was taste it yesterday i really like it :)
8th December 2011
Have tried many whiskies and this is one of my favorites - I keep going back to it time after time. Before dinner, after dinner, by itself, it doesn't matter. It's perfect anytime. Very highly recommended! Bravo.
31st October 2011
I've drank scotch since I was 15 and given the "man" talk. I've tasted every whisky commonly available in every bar and liquor store. With the exception of many $60+ (not sure how much in euros), Glenlivet is definitely the best in every basic category (price/value, aroma, flavor, and finish). Until you start getting into the much more expensive/limited/rare bottles of scotch, you won't find another that is better, especially for the price.
The Deja Vu is somebody noted it to be as memorable as their first kiss, and I had thought the exact same thing. I agree with many others, not sure what the first review was talking about. But just like any other drink you will receive different flavors with different foods and drinks that preceeded your whisky. From wine thru pork to Glenlivet and being disappointed, including your particular remarks tells me, with due respect, you're not very familiar with whisky in general. Much less have you acquired a taste for it to where you know what to expect from it.
Glenlivet is the cheapest liquor I keep in my home. Everyone that knows me knows if they want anything but whisky or beer when they come to my home, they better bring their own bottle. Glenlivet 12yr is "the cheap stuff" in my home, and yet still an impressive creation. One that does tend to impress guests without having to waste a $200 bottle of scotch on guests who don't appreciate the qualities of good booze in the first place.
I rated this a 9 because it doesn't deserve a 10 if the particular bottler makes other whisky's on their menu that exceed this particular one.
If you ask me... if you don't like Glenlivet or at least appreciate its quality but may just not your particular flavor... you just simply don't like whisky.
Serve neat, or on the rocks with no more than 2 cubes. If you have to mix, again, you just don't like whisky and should buy cheaper and less elegent whisky to use in your mix and just stick to what you know.
20th September 2011
I have been drinking this and this only, for the past 8 yrs. Before dinner or, post dinner does not make a difference. It is great all the times. Only ice, no water. Two yrs back I came to know about Nadura. It becomes misty when you add ice to it. Ultimate drink. Too bad, not sold in India.
30th August 2011
I agree with Dips...and if he's my friend this is wierd.
27th August 2011
bought a bottle of this for my brother as a xmas prezzie.whilst i was on holidy in cuba.paid approx £16.im a whiskey drinker myself.thought the price was too good a deal to pass on.Well i must add this bottle complete in its box and nice wrapping was in my drinks cupd for at least 6 weeks before i succumbed.The temptation became too much to bear.even more so when i saw it in my local Asda and Sainsburys retailing in the region of £28.I just had to try it for myself.well 2 weeks on and im contemplating recycling the bottle in the recycle bin.it is a pleasant quaff.i drink it on the rocks and wouldnt want to insult it by watering it down with mixers or water.take it as it comes.its quite polished im a fan.my previous dallyance in the realm of the malt is Glenfarclas slightly more expensive but a very nice quaff too.Glenlivet i will revisit but might have to wait till xmas to justify the expense.
16th August 2011
This is the smoothest, sweetest, and last for long. it has a perfect aroma which makes it more delicious. if you are a single malt lover you CANNOT afford to miss this. For me its priority.
5th July 2011
Has been my choice for many years and I'm 80 love this whisky.
2nd July 2011
fist time i try vodka ice 40% so bad taste i m looking for 40+% this brand The Glenlivet taste so good A++++++
13th April 2011
I have been drinking scotch for most of my life, and I have been around awhile. Got my first bottle for Christmas. It is the best by far.
24th February 2011
Bought a half bottle love the subtle flavors. I will surely buy it again.
1st February 2011
won a bottle last night; will always be a scotch lover, but one sip gives me a migraine for a week now. WISH i could give it a review. i'll just use it for aroma therapy.
16th January 2011
A great treat for scotch drinkers everywhere
30th December 2010
I like it, like it...
4th December 2010
I NEVER liked ANY dark liquor. I was a vodka guy. The Glenlivet changed my world!! I drink it on the rocks, sometimes with a splash of water, and sometimes with a splash of Dr Pepper. Wonderful. I would pay ANY price for this....FANTASTIC!!
28th November 2010
17th November 2010
definitely before dinner not after
27th October 2010
My first glass of the Glenlivet was as memorable as my first kiss. This is the one that began my love affair with Scotch Whisky. A solid, creamy, straight forward whisky with a nice finish.
12th October 2010
My first and memorable whisky. With an elegant case, this one is the very best quality price single malt I ever tried.
Honey, creamy, very fruity, a little of vanilla. A Speyside classic.
27th September 2010
Definately find this one good, not overly complex but very drinkable.
17th September 2010
I have to agree with 4 star guy.Great for beginners.Easy to drink.
24th August 2010
I think this is a pleasant dram to have before a meal instead of port or sherry.
3rd August 2010
I cant agree with the first review either, this is a very good whisky and is worth every penny. Very highlt recommended.
8th June 2010
I don't agree with the above guy. It is a great invitation to the Whiskyworld for newcomers.
As for me it should be oomphed up to 46% and have a bit stricter barrel policy:)
16th February 2010
After trying Wine and then Pork I thought I would try whisky. The colour is almost like a Meerkat when it is 2 year old. The taste was good to start but not really baked enough. Not recommended by me!
15th December 2009