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The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve

(70cl, 40%)

The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve

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The Glenlivet Captain's Bottling Note

An intriguing release from The Glenlivet, been finished in ex-Cognac casks for a ‘raisin-rich’ intensity, along with citrus notes and a creamy smoothness. Whisky finished in Cognac casks is not a common thing, so we're particularly interested in this expression. The name comes from Captain William Smith Grant, great-grandson of George Smith, Glenlivet’s founder.

Tasting Note by The Producer

Nose: Bursting with sweet and fruity aromas. Rich in honey and apricot jam, with notes of sweet cinnamon bread and a subtle sensation of spicy liquorice.

Palate: Succulent flavours of mandarins in syrup, ripe poached pears and chocolate-dipped raisins.

Finish: Incredibly smooth and luscious.

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Glenlivet Captain's Reserve Reviews

Sweet and Smooth

Lovely easy to drink malt. Had a nip in a bar once and couldn't order anything else for the rest of the night, it is THAT good! Beautiful nose and wonderful finish. Highly recommend anyone (especially those that prefer the smoother whiskys) to give this a try

15th July 2020

A lovely malt

The best from The Glenlivet family without doubt . A beautiful nose , smooth taste and lovely finish . More than highly recommended

2nd July 2020

One of the best

I bought 6 bottles over the months and l need to re-stock. I'm left with under 2 bottles. One of the best acquired taste among the Glenlivet range.

19th May 2020

Would buy again

Enjoyed it. Will try more in the Glenlivet range

4th April 2020

Not a patch on a well aged The Glenlivet. Avoid.

Agreed it is very smooth - luscious describes it well. But it is simply too sweet. Has sugar or honey been added? No way near the delight of a well aged The Glenlivet. Will not be buying this again.

1st January 2020


Truly stunning. A really delicate blend of flavours and so smooth with a small measure of ice

14th November 2019

Not great not lousy either

Smooth but pretty thin. Does not go very well with water.

30th August 2019


Very nice indeed, came upon this by 'accident' a lovely satisfying drink

8th May 2019

Spot on with a spot of water

Very easy drinking, beautiful colour, flavour of the cask really comes through, highly recommended with a drop of water, good all rounder

21st April 2019

4. Star

A much loved whiskey of a very high calibre. Can’t wait to get to grips with this brand.

29th March 2019

Never again.

Odd. Not sure the flavors marry very well. Slightly watery.

9th January 2019

A nice addition..

A well rounded and smooth whiskey.
I definitely pick up the honey notes running through...

8th January 2019

A must try, a pleasant surprise 😀

If you like the Aberlour16 your going to like this . In fact I think its a bit better.
Tbis is as sweet, but more oily , so the after taste goes on for longer.
Right now ( December 2018) the supermarkets are doing it for £35 , a bargain , best whisky around for this money , it tastes a much richer whisky, in flavour and in cost ...

28th December 2018

Super good

Cognac good finish

18th December 2018

Not bad

Not a bad whisky, however I find the finish to be too thin. It's easy to drink, accessible for people new to scotch, but there is no depth to it. Will drink it, but I will probably not buy again. Get an Aberfeldy 12 instead.

12th December 2018

Has Character

Robust, not a traditional Glenlivet. Benefits well from a splash of water. Full of character, a good end-of-day dram.

12th November 2018


Does not work, Cognac cask taste out of place, disappointing.

4th October 2018

Very nice .

I added a spot of water , really smooth , very pleasing on the palette . I could quite easily get used to drinking the Captains Reserve .

23rd August 2018

Too weak

I have bought a bottle in a supermarket but I think that the abv is too low, the nose is weak and the taste light. Even if the finish is a bit spicy and we manage to get the Cognac quality, the whole thing is too light. I think that a 48% or even a cask strength should be the right thing to do.

25th July 2018

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