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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

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The Glenlivet 12 Bottling Note

The entry level bottling from the illustrious Glenlivet distillery at Speyside's heart, aged for 12 years. The archetypal Speyside dram, honey and orchard fruit driven.

This bottling has been replaced by Glenlivet Founder's Reserve.

Glenlivet Founders Reserve

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Glenlivet 12 Year Old Reviews

Bring back the 12yr old

Well here's my update on the new founders reserve all I can say is no!! I hate it it's not a patch on the glenlivet 12 yr old all I can do is shop around and hope I can get some or my whisky days are over

8th December 2019

Classic entry malt

A classic, smooth rich sweetish with a hint of complexity.

Been a staple for donkeys years.

I gave the Founders Reserve one star - if this has been discontinued in favour of that immature harsh swill I’m gobsmacked.

7th December 2019

Feeling sad

I'm so disappointed that this 12yr old has been discontinued I love it bought 3 bottles for Christmas and now down to my last one all I can hope for is the new founders reserve tastes as good

30th November 2019

This is my first single malt... and it ain't bad at all

I was a little turned off by the initial taste of Glenlivet 12, but it definitely grew on me. The palate for me is fruit and tobacco, and the finish is pleasant and light. Would definitely give this another try.

4th September 2019

It’s cheap but that’s the only plus

Plain, artificial color, watered down, chill filtered to death. Deanston virgin oak is better at a lower price point than this if your just looking for a scotch that’s somewhat sweet and has an oak taste. Definitely made for the budget minded occasional scotch drinker. My advice from experience venture out, pay a little more, and thank me later.

4th April 2019

The manilla envelope of Scotch...and that's a good thing!

What can I say...this is the 'manilla envelope' of scotches. It is a baseline dram. It is a classic and for good reason. This one never wows me with its complexity, however, this is a consistently enjoyable tipple devoid of any off flavor(s). Glenlivet 12 is genuinely and all around simply 'good'. This is not a special occasion scotch and it doesn't stand tall at the top of my bar, but darnit I grab this one often and always enjoy it just fine. I can find this for $29.99US on occasion making it a reliable arrow in any scotch drinker's quiver.

20th February 2019

Great value 12 year old single malt

In the absence of my favourite highland 12, the Cragganmore 12, the Glenlivet 12 is my go to single malt daily dram. Very different from the Fiddich 12 without the “apple” element which is quite pronounced in the Fiddich, the Glenlivet 12 is a solid single malt at a price point which doesn’t break the bank. No wow factor but after a few weeks in the bottle after some of the whiskey has been consumed and air has worked some magic in the bottle, the whiskey settles down and becomes much more enjoyable with more caramel and toasty brioche aromas and flavours coming through making the Glenlivet seem like a much more expensive dram than when the bottle was first opened. Great value

6th February 2019

Needs to be re-continued

I can only assume they are bullshitting about discontinuing this in favour of Founders Reserve?

3rd February 2019

I'll buy more

Best Scotch on the market. It's a great drink.

2nd December 2018

Must have

Delicious whiskey!! Best I have ever had. Crown is a normal in my house. This blows it out of the water. Hehe my wife says when I am drinking it my breath smells so delicious... Unlike any other booze.

17th November 2018


Had the 15 and one of the sherry cask versions and found them luxurious, an absolute delight, so had high hopes for this one. First sip was disappointment. Its true it has a lovely flowery nose and fills the mouth immediately with fresh green apple skin a perfumed pear, but where is the finish? Its so so short. I grabbed this with a tenner off so £28 and still felt short changed. Won't revisit.

13th November 2018

My entry into the world of Scotch. I understand the appeal now!

Silky, warm elegance!

10th November 2018

Perfect dram for those who are just discovering the world of scotch or those looking for a great everyday dram.

I think the nose leans more toward cinnamon, and vanilla. At 80 proof, this is a dram for enjoying all evening. The perfect scotch for someone who is just getting into discovering all this beverage has to offer. I would recommend trying it neat then experimenting with water or ice. Going that experimentation process I discovered that for my liking this dram is perfect neat. Cheers!

19th September 2018

The beginning

Generally this is where everyone starts, it's drinkable and average. Every year it'll taste a little different.

25th June 2018

An icon for under £30.

The Glenlivet 12 is a solid Speyside malt, easy to drink, affordable and deserves the fame that surrounds it.

I always make my ratings according to the price I have paid for it. £28.

18th June 2018

The King of Speyside malts

The benchmark of entry level single malts. The King of Speyside malts. Utterly delicious and worryingly moreish.

6th June 2018

I just had to add some things to my Feb 22 post.

The alcohol quality of Glenlivet 12 is absolutely excellent, and the quality gets even better with the 15, 18, and 21 scotches. The buzz reminds me more of fine champagne than the typical buzz from other good scotches. Glenlivet tastes like a good scotch, but affects the body like great champagne. It is a very pleasant, peppy buzz like a big glass of Moët. The 15, 18, and 21 remind me of Dom Pérignon’s nearly perfect buzz.

The 12’s nose has very strong notes of champagne in its profile, along with ripe pears, grapes, vanilla, cinnamon, fresh garden flowers, and smoked honey. The nose doesn’t fully carry over to the taste, but it’s still pretty damn close and well worth each sip. The drams go down easy like bubbly and leave a superb finish that lingers long after with an added kick of almonds to the palate.

This is a very social scotch that will convert even the most hardened anti-whisky types. I suspect the peat lovers would come around after a double because the buzz is out of this world (though they wouldn’t admit it publicly, just like all curmudgeons). Lagavulin and Ardbeg are excellent scotches, but the buzz is a depressant whereas Glive hits like a stimulant. The only other scotches that I’ve tried that have a similar buzz are the Macallans, but Glenlivets are still better on the buzz (though Macallan wins the head to head overall with its complexity). I’ve never had a hangover from Glenlivet, even after putting a serious dent in the bottle, and it’s been my go-to scotch for a while.

The Glenlivet 12 is the best value in the scotch market and the higher end bottles compete with any other scotch out there. I’ll always keep a 12 bottle stocked and usually a couple from the Glenlivet line. I don’t drink every day, but I’d be drinking Glenlivet 12 and Macallan 12 if I did, with the higher ends of both every once in a while. As I said before, the only negative about Glenlivet 12 is that it makes you want to drink more often. Cheers!

9th March 2018

A very good bottle to keep in stock.

The only negative I can say about the Glenlivet 12 is that it makes you want to drink more often than usual. It has a great nose, a smooth taste, and a pleasant finish. At $40 a bottle, it is a steal. The 15 is even better, but the price puts it into the every once in a while level. The 18 has the added kick, but the price isn’t worth it in comparison to the 15. Cheers.

22nd February 2018

For new or seasoned scotch drinkers

I decided to buy this as my first bottle of scotch and I'm glad I did. This bottle opened my eyes to a new world. I love my bourbon but now scotch has taken the front seat.
I really enjoyed the fruit notes on the nose and the palate. A slight bit of burn but very enjoyable. I did a lot of research on scotch before I bought any and this exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to get into scotch or for the seasoned scotch drinker. I'm still new to the scotch world but after a few different bottles into it I feel I have enough of an idea to know what a good scotch is. Even my wife liked it and she usually only cares for wine. To me that speaks volumes. Try it and enjoy.

28th January 2018

Girl next door

I do not spend a lot on whisky... I have other priorities. I drink Teacher's as an everyday and Highland Park as a splurge. I had given Glenlivet a miss as likely being too popular to be special (e.g. Dewars... yukk!). Received a bottle for Christmas and was grateful but not hopeful. I was wrong. This is flat-out delicious. Certainly not the "ideal" scotch but who cares? Scratch off the label and enjoy it for what it is. Like the proverbial girl next door: fresh, honest, lovely, winsome, and too often overlooked in favor of the exotic and unattainable. Glenlivet? Yes, please.

22nd January 2018

Love it

Gotta ask why you have decided to discontinue producing the 12. I just got into scotches. I find it very smooth and great sipping .
I tried others and so far I am convinced I truly have tasted the best.

21st January 2018

Charlie Dickens favorite malt

This is my favorite. But I don't buy it a lot since I just can't stop drinking it until the bottle is empty. There is one more: Yamazaki - it's like a turbo charged Glenlivet!
The nose is beyond reason: is it flowery or fruity or perhaps it is turpentine? Or bread? The taste is lean and malty but it doesn't surrender to the smoothness god too easy - it actually has a slight rough maltiness. It is an elegant whisky.

7th September 2017

A great first scotch, and go to!

Smooth, a great first scotch and my go to!

12th July 2017

Ridiculously smooth

How anyone could give this whiskey less than 5 stars amazes me. Incredibly smooth and affordable. Nothing compares within 100$.

4th July 2017

Loving it

Busy enjoy my first ever bottle of Glenlivet 12, I definitely prefer it to the Glenfiddich 12... Better value for money. A proper single malt.

24th June 2017

It says above discontinued is that correct ?

I dont drink whisky , but i found out i have high blood pressure and a friend told me that drinking whiskey thins the blood and brings your blood pressure down , well i had a bottle of Glenlivet in , so i opened it to give it ago , was i surprised how good it tasted , i have had a good tot a day and have today been the doctor and my blood pressure is down , welldone Glenlivet !!!

18th May 2017

A complex smattering of delicious!

Fresh fruit, marzipan, oak, nutty, fireside chestnuts, hint of citrus and apple skin, raisin in the back. Don't suggest this is even close to The Founder's Reserve. It ain't. The 12 year old is my loved dram and nothing will replace it in this price range, Cheers!

25th March 2017

@If you buy it, buy it for Auld Lang Syne.

The bottle says "single malt" on it. it doesn't need to say "unblended" for if it was a blended malt it would say it was a blended malt not a single malt.

24th March 2017

Very smooth....super hero like even

The Glenlivet 12 year old is a good and smooth single malt. Great taste for a good price. Smells of honey and vanilla. Taste almost fruity.

1st March 2017

Very, very drinkable,,,,,

I just had the pleasure of buying a bottle of the Glenlivet 12 year old and i must say its a pleasure having a dram in the evenings,,,,

26th February 2017

A Classic Dram

A venerable bottling ! This Scotch has a distinct honey and floral overtone with fireside chestnuts and sweet toffee in the background. Truly a classic and must not be tampered with as disappointingly noted in the sub standard Founder's Reserve.

10th February 2017

Is Glenlivet being diluted now?

I purchase the 750 ml bottle of Glenlivet every year for the holiday. This year, I noticed the color of the whiskey is lighter than it has been in the past and the scotch also seems less flavorful as it has in the past as if it is now being diluted with water. I drink it neat without any added water or ice.
Did I get a bad batch of this scotch or has the company cut back to save money? Thanks.

23rd January 2017

Not for the M'Cloyd

I'm disappointed, the Glenlivet tasted like Cutty Sark. Don't get me wrong, it is a 12yo Scotch worthy of any shelf in any grocery store in America. I wish I could get my hands on some Talisker. Mmmmm now that's worthy of writing about.
Btw this Glenlivet date code is 2016/03/14 11:57 LPCK 0431

20th January 2017

If you buy it, buy it for Auld Lang Syne.

My dearest fellow scotch drinkers, it is with a heavy heart that I disclose my true feelings. Glenlivet 12 is a shadow of its former self. I first drank it in 1981. And it was in every way worthy of praise. At that time the word "unblended" appeared on the bottle. It no longer does. Need I say more?

12th January 2017

Alberto Viloria

Excelente Malta, Manzanas y Muchas Frutas Frescas, Típico de Speyside.

5th January 2017

Too simple

I don't know what it used to be but I've had 3 bottles in the last year or so and in my opinion it is just an average whisky. On nose, only vanilla and green apples. On palate, apples and honey. Development is faint. Finish is unnoticeable.

27th December 2016


Here in California, Glenlivet 12 is quite a bit more affordable than a lot of my favorite malts, including but not limited to Balvenie, Ardbeg, Old Pulteney, Glenfarclas, Highland Park, and (when I have extra money) Springbank (my favorite). At my local store, pretty much all of those are $50-$70 and up (and usually worth it), but Glenlivet remains in the $40-or-less region, probably because of how much is produced and shipped.

That said, I really enjoy it on its own merits. If I'm not in desperate need of smokiness (which it lacks), I can really find no fault in a dram of Glenlivet 12. Nice and fresh tasting; fruity, a bit nutty, lightly creamy, and an extremely pleasant sweet/dry balance. Not too complex, but rather refreshingly straightforward, with a nice lingering fruit and nut aftertaste. Very well balanced between light/fresh and rich/creamy.

Some other malts in this low price range, I find, often have a certain acrid, burning-plastic bitterness that just turns me off. If an affordable single malt tastes like that, I'd be better off with a halfway decent blend.

Glenlivet, though, is SOLID. It's not exciting, but it hits all the right 'classic Scotch' notes, without any weird, off, or unnecessary qualities. It simply tastes like good Scotch whisky, period. And at it's low price, it actually is a bit exciting!

19th December 2016

sweet milk happy

Very good
Nice dram.

18th December 2016

My go to

This is my drink of choice, the 12 bring the one that sets the bar. I've tried a good number of others and I always come back to this. It's like coming home for me I guess.

9th December 2016

Never been disappointed

I just a regular guy that loves scotch. I drink Glenfiddich. Speyburn and Glenlivet mostly. There all great but this is my favorite.

5th December 2016


Good whisky for it's price. I like aberlour 10 just a bit more, but i like this beter than the famous glenfiddich 12. Not bad, nothing special either.

7th November 2016

Not bad at all.

A crowd pleaser for sure. I much prefer an Ardbeg 10 at this price point, but for hosting a party/small get together this is my go to. Smooth easy going dram.

30th October 2016

Too much in one glass

In my opinion this whisky is overdone. There is too much stuff going around in the glass, so instead of tasting of ..ehrm...whisky, the Glenlivet tastes of smoke, sugar, vanilla (a lot), Baileys, Limoncino, Brandy, Gin and, sorry to say this, fused plastic!
The result is that I don't see why I should splash a lot of money on this whisky, when I can enjoy a Teachers most at half the price. I am not a competitor, but my favourite is and remains the Laphroaig.

11th October 2016

A great single malt to begin with!

Some of these reviews---claiming that the Glenlivet 12 is: overly acidic; too spicy; has no distinguishable aroma; etc.---must be from competitor's, looking to lead new whiskey drinkers astray; or from those who have never had any whiskey before!

This is simply a smooth, fruity, aromatic whiskey---that most/all people would enjoy, at a more affordable price-point than many other lower quality ones.

Try it; and ignore the deceptive one-star ratings here!

30th September 2016

Single malt scotch

How I love it.and its the best for me

28th September 2016

Great Whisky

Cannot be beat within its price range and beats many other whiskys priced well above. It is easy to drink, a little complex, sweet with a nice finish.

21st September 2016

First Date

First Single Malt bottle purchase. Tastes pretty smooth, a bit sweet & a little spicy. Guess that's the taste of whisky or something. Liked it, keen to try more

20th September 2016


I'm planning a trip to Scotland next spring and figure I better start getting used to some Scotch so I don't embarrass myself when I arrive because I plan to taste plenty...while in Rome... so this is my first (ok except Dewars). I've had plenty of Bourbons but this is pretty darn good. Started mine with a splash of water.

11th September 2016

Super smooth and velvety

This single malt has a sweet nose with vanilla and a smooth finish...Have it neat
with a splash of water and enjoy the real taste..

31st August 2016

smooth and sweet

I've been drinking lower end scotch for a while this was on sale at Costco thirty bucks a bottle. Wow everything's different...No harshness...No nasty aftertaste...And I swear you even get a different buzz. My car runs better with premium fuel and so do I, I love this stuff!

29th August 2016

Beats Macallan 12

In my opinion, this whiskey beats top of the line bottles. The vanilla and honey really sell it, but the sweetness isn't overpowering. It has a pleasant citrus-floral aftertaste. Eminently drinkable.

14th August 2016

Not bad at all

This is a good everyday scotch, don't buy it if you're looking for a peaty dram, this is a mildly sweet, spicy and warm scotch, good with aged cheeses and dark chocolate I have discovered. There are better scotch's out there for sure, but this is a good one to have on hand.

4 and 5 stars are reserved for the really nice single malts, 3.5 stars is minimum for a scotch you wouldn't be ashamed to give to your friends.

21st July 2016

Popped my cherry to this one!

The first bottle of whisky my wife ever bought me and it will remain a staple in my cabinet for years to come

13th July 2016

simple and basic speyside

good whisky, and really nice at the nose with hint of pineapple, smooth and fruity on palate but there's no complexity about it, short pleasant finish.

11th June 2016


Very Good. I'd rate this even higher than other more expensive whiskys out there.

4th June 2016

Punjabi man top class whisky

This whisky is super taste excellent quality

1st June 2016

Farewell Dear Friend

As stocks deplete in Australia it is with great sorrow that we farewell this wonderful dram. The 12 Year Old was my introduction to whiskey and remained a faithful favourite throughout the years.

6th April 2016

good one

Perfect with chocolate dessert

11th March 2016

Simple, but good.

There is nothing complex or demanding about the 'livet 12, and sometimes that's just what you want. There is no peat and the 2nd/3rd refill bourbon cask maturation imparts very little interesting wood influence (IMHO) . What makes the Glenlivet 12 tasty comes down to the underlying buttery malt which is vanilla sweet with hints of fresh green fruits. It's one-dimensional, but good if you just want a smooth, nice tasting dram.

27th February 2016

The boys from North Street

Three friends who grew up on the same street in Meriden, CT have been meeting once or twice monthly, shooting the breeze on various topics and drinking 12 year old Glenlivet. It's a great drink. no headaches as with other scotches. It leaves one feeling really good. We all give it a 5 star rating. It's better than many of the other malts. The four of us are all over the age of 84; the Glenlivet makes us feel much younger.

23rd February 2016

Very good

Very light and smooth. A little too sweet for me but a solid whisky for a good price.

19th February 2016

eureka moment

I have reached the ripe old age of 69. This means I have been drinking alcohol for over 50 years. I have never been a lover of whiskey (not for the want of trying!). I recently retired and one of my customers gave me a bottle of 'The Glenlivet 12 year old'. When I tasted it, that was my 'eureka moment'. It is such a pity that I have reached this age and only discovered this delight. William

4th February 2016


Scotch is a such a personal taste. But, for me, I really enjoy the G 12

1st February 2016

The 12 year old Glenlivet

Simply the best all around from the sent to the taste

31st January 2016


This is one of the most smooth, taste good,single malts I've ever had. This is my go to scotch for daily dose

29th January 2016

Very good

Found this very easy to drink and for the price very enjoyable. As a relatively new scotch drinker (3 years or so) I have been slows working through different brands and ages. This is the first scotch that I enjoyed neat and given the price point would likely become a staple.

28th January 2016

Glenlivet 12 Year Old

...balancing price and taste, one of the best (if not THE best)single malt values on liquor store shelves...

27th January 2016

The best !!!!..FOR THE BUCK

I have loved the taste for the price for over 10 only problem is I can't find a wholesale price

16th January 2016

Best value single malt

At any one time I have about 40 whiskies on the go representative of all the Scotch regions, Ireland, America and Japan. I go round them all in rotation, savouring the differing characters. Every time I get back to the Glenlivet 12 I am astounded at it's quality as it is the cheapest in my cabinet. Rich, malty, velvety, honeyed apple crumble and custard, lightly spicy, no burn whatsoever. If only it was bottled at 43% but then I suppose we would pay more. I am not a smokehead, my favourite Islay would be a Bunnahabhain, so many of you will disagree but I think this is fantastic value. More mmmmmmm per pound than anything but my wife.

7th January 2016

My 2nd place go-to

Typically drink Laphroaig 10 year, but when that's not available, I'll choose this over other many Islay scotches even. Intense but somehow smooth as silk - not too fruity, subtly sweet. Consistently outstanding.

5th January 2016

tim vickers

this is my scotch and has been for many many years, however I do prefer Glenlivet 18
yr. old. I've spent around $600 for a bottle, it wasn't as good as the 18 year old for around

2nd January 2016

Mr z

Its the third time buying it and it's one of the easiest whiskey to get into and to get your feet wet.

27th December 2015


I am typically a peat head but I've been revisiting some of the classic speysides lately and much to my surprise I've been finding them quite enjoyable. This is no exception starts out with a light tangy oak and leaves a delightful crisp green apple/pear flavor behind. Not super complex but for $26 this is wonderful look forward to trying other Glenlivet expressions. The Sugarbear

25th December 2015

New to Scotch drinking

I am a new scotch drinker and have only tried two others. I find the Glenlivet 12 very smooth and quite enjoyable. For the price and the taste, I am very satisfied and would certainly buy it again

20th December 2015



17th December 2015

Good for the price

Purchased for $40 in USA. Not as overpoweringly peaty as some Speysides, but still different than Highland.

14th December 2015

Mr goodnose

My first tasting of this highly acclaimed tipple
And as a true Scotsman who spells whisky as whisky it is spot on

10th December 2015

Steve Defenbaugh

The experience starts with the nose then the sip of a well balanced classical single malt offering a long rich finish that says Glenlevit.

9th December 2015

Still a braw dram !

Not as flavourful as once was, but still very pleasing.

2nd December 2015

Very rich taste

Being new to scotch I found this one delightful. Honey note mixed with apple and vanilla. Found it to be a little overpriced at $45 at my store but I like it just as much as Chivas Regal 12 and Jonnie Walker black.

24th November 2015

Value for money

Very good intense and flavourful

24th November 2015


Good floral nose and soft citrus taste. Can recognise some apple and apricot also. Decent medium finish. For me great soft evening drink also if I need more than one.

22nd November 2015

Not as good as it once was

Still a delicious dram, but as most bottlings over the last decade have, it has faded from the top echelon in my opinion. Still a good deal for the dram!

22nd November 2015

Love it

I am not an expert. I just love it as a great whiskey to while away the evening with

21st November 2015

The original and the best single malt.

Can not believe its been replaced by the awful Founders Reserve. This decision will prove flawed and short sighted. A very sad loss .

17th November 2015


This stuff would be so much better at 43% or higher. Long finish? I don't even get a short one. The 15 year is much tastier even at 40% as well.

9th November 2015

12 yr old

I'm a novice at wiskeys so I find this an easy light sweet taste with smooth vanilla finish. Priced within a moderate range for Canada.

10th October 2015


simply superb

26th September 2015

12 year

Very good

15th September 2015


Very clean and smooth-not much of a finish-try Monkey Shoulder

15th September 2015

Very good.

I've been having this bottle and I continue to enjoy it. The law of diminishing utility does not apply to the in-take of this whisky. I love it and always will.

8th September 2015


Great taste,smooth and has no after taste.I drink it clean or with a few ice cubes.

3rd September 2015

Buen whisky.

Es un buen whisky a mi entender a nivel del Glenmorangie lo noto parecido. Son buenos whiskys. Se toman con placer, se disfrutan. En unas olimpiadas son los que se denominarian como "medalla de bronce", ese nivel. Muy disfrutables, pero no tan arriba.

23rd August 2015

Not bad

A middle of the road whiskey. Save. It's not my choice in this price range, but wouldn't mind if someone gave me this as a present.

20th August 2015

Its ok

Im by no means a Scotch expert or connoisseur, this was only my fourth bottle of Scotch i have ever drank. But this was definitely my least favorite. I started with a couple Speyside styles (GlenGrant, Glen Moray) and i really liked them. Then i tried an islay style (Ardbeg 10) and even though it took be a litte bit to enjoy it, i really did like that taste of it. So i went back to try another Speyside and seeing that Glenlivet is wildly popular i figured i would give it a try. But sadly it let me down. Might have to try another islay to see if thats my favorite style.

10th August 2015


It is simply good :)

10th August 2015

beginners dram

Hi Beginner,
Have you tasted any other malt? You should do a tour of Scotland, you may learn something!

1st August 2015

pommy paul

Best malt ever. l tried the 15 & 18 year old, not a match on the original. laphroaig 10yr or lagavulin 16yr are outstanding if you like your peat/salt malts, which I do. I have tried single cask malts & 12 to 30 year old malts but Glenlivet 12yr rates among the best I have tasted

1st August 2015

Very Good

This is a very good dram to be enjoyed best straight without any water.

30th July 2015


Best Scotch

13th July 2015

feed back

excellent . enjoy to the brim

12th July 2015


Best whiskey, no hang over .

25th June 2015

Actually very good

Smooth, fruity, pineapple. Just great. Can you believe Tesco £16.50 a bottle at the moment! The best £16.50 you will spend on a single malt, ever!

6th June 2015

Should have gotten at least the 15.

Overall very disappointing.

5th June 2015

Beginners dram

Those who like this kind of whisky probaly call it smooth and subtle. For me this is diluted and weak. So is it a good beginners dram?...probaly for many. For me, this kind of whisky almost put me off whisky in the beginning. Wouldnt recommend Glenlivet 12 to anyone.

8th May 2015

It will get the job done

That's the only good thing I have to say.

28th April 2015

So.o.o.o Smooth

As said many times before my comment today, the 12 Y.O. is very smooth...I usually don't like a single malt since most of those that I tried in the past tasted like the original "sheep dip". But this one beats all others I've tried...doesn't need much "additive" to become very drinkable and enjoyable...gently poured over the rocks is great for me...doesn't even need water to be added...very nice for the price !

14th April 2015


One of the best

8th April 2015

smooth and tasty

Delicious. Much better than black label and chivas

16th March 2015

delicious drink

This is so velvety so smooth ,and got such a pleasant arrival with creamy taste of hazelnut and not too sweet , definitely my favorite speyside whisky the only problem I have with it , Its finish way to fast.

13th March 2015

2good smooth

To good smooth

5th March 2015

....I think may be the best tasting whisky I have ever tried...
...I see some people don't like it....their comments are completely off target in my humble opinion....
...I'm trying it here in Westchester, Los Angeles, California....

21st February 2015


I usually drink Johnny Walker Black and thought I would try the Glenlivet. Just bought a bottle and having my first taste,nice and smooth. I like the Glenrothes (Spreyside region also) much better.

1st February 2015


Very nice drink.

17th January 2015

Distinctly Average

I bought a bottle of this today and found it generally uninspiring. I found the after taste quite acidic, that being said its not awful. But for a similar price there are much better single malts !!

16th January 2015


Simply great whiskey!

11th January 2015


I bought a bottle yesterday. I poured myself a dram and my 6 yr old aked to smell it. she started telling me it smelled like apples, vanilla, honey and a little bit like a magic marker. She got the nose right! To me the taste is smooth and I pick up apples and vanilla and sweet tones. Very glad I picked this one up!

1st January 2015


Very smooth, nose - fresh apples, lots of apples.
I think it's too gentle for me. Short finish.

31st December 2014

Mr Alan Maclean

I found The Glenlivet in a word, delicious, very smooth with a very pleasant finish. This is certainly one of the best, i enjoyed it very much, would recommend to anyone

29th December 2014


This Whiskey Sucks. I have a bottle of the 18. It burns going down and tastes like vomit. I feel like I could make something with gasoline and coal that would be as appealing.

29th December 2014


Add 8-9 drops of water to one 50 cl shot.
Needs 12-15 minutes to open up.
Excellent on the palate, sweetens with every passing minute.
Finish is too short.
Aftertaste is dehydrating.
Best characteristic is that it is available at $48 a litre.
Noel Moitra

28th December 2014

Too young maybe

Good blend of flavors, but a bitter grapefruit peel taste assaults the palate. I think that after airing it might mellow out, and would definitely improve with age.

21st December 2014


Definitely noticeable sweet undertones however still has quite a smacking "punch" to it - not to keen on that. Prefer something more velvety, smooth and buttery. This has none of those qualities, save your money and up it to the 21 year old if you can. *This is MY personal opinion*

I'll give it a 1 1/2 star simply because I was able to make out the flavors of this whisky it just didn't meet my standards for a good whiskey. At least with what I'm used to this tasted like Johnny Walker. Got it for free so I'm not sure what retail price is on this one but some good advice would be to save up for the 21 year old. Thanks for a generous sample!

19th December 2014

Excellent malt

Great smooth whisky distinctive in flavour and one to go back to for a simply nice malt

11th December 2014


Slowly been working my way up the scotch ladder. I have been hanging out o this rung for a while. This is a nice smooth scotch. Have tried to more expensive scotches but that are better but for the price I highly recommended this oe.

11th December 2014

Rakesh Mithal

Good taste & overall

6th December 2014

Jerry Stoltz

Glenlivet is King of single malt, I have tried them all and the 12 year old is better then the others 15 year old. I will never switch. Only use 2 ice cubes, don't bruise it.

1st December 2014

Simply lovely.

A splendid dram, sipping my third glass of the First Fill as I type. Light, smooth, sweet and vanillery (if that's the word I'm looking for). Highly recommended as an everyday scotch, this even tops the regular Glen 12. Great value, got a 1 litre bottle from the duty free in Glasgow for only £39.

27th November 2014

Once U try it, U can't deny it....

Sipping on the rocks with a fine cigar is like heaven....

20th November 2014

My favorite!

Started with this whisky when I was 19 and six years later still the best!

20th November 2014

Good Entry level single malt

Drank this for 20 years. Favorite Glenlivet story In Las Vegas losing my shirt, went to the bar and played video poker while sipping a glass. Dad comes up to me says "what are you drinking?" Glenlivet,
""that's good stuff." It better be for $ 25 a glass. "No it should be free." It is, but I've lost $50 while drinking it. Good times….

14th November 2014


Always keep this stocked in my bar!

26th October 2014

Good for 12 yesrs

My favorites 12YO along with Glenmorangie. Has same finish as some older single malts i.e. toffee, vanilla pecan pie etc.

23rd October 2014

The Beginners Scotch!

Upon the age of 21 in the USA, I thought of the most manly drink I knew of, and scotch was the top. I did much reviewing and found Glenlivet to be the best beginners scotch. I am now a Glenlivet connoisseur. I went from the 12 to 15, to 16 specialty Nadurra, to finally the 18 year aged. After my 18 bottle I will without a doubt pay the $200 for the 21 year aged Glenlivet. While I am now firmiliar with other scotches I can attest to tasting other whiskeys after my Glenlivet experience and can say that nothing compares to a good scotch. The 12 year old is a perfect place to begin because: !) it is the cheapest of the Glenlivet selection, and 2) it is a great single malt scotch. The description above is limited in your own personal experience. Scotch is so unique to the fact that it is specific to each individual drinking it. Based on what you have smelled and tasted in your own individual experience. The 12, now that I am up to the 18 aged, is a great starting place for any new scotch enthusiast. It is not weak by any means. It features such vanilla, apple, and almond flavors it can be enjoyed by anyone. I would suggest this to anyone without a doubt. Go for the 750 bottle, it will not be a waste of money at all. Scotch is the most expensive alcohol (trust me I know as a college student taking federal student loans), but it comes at no surprise when you taste it. It is well worth the money, even if you go in debt for it like I have. Scotch is for those of us who enjoy a more sophisticated alcoholic beverage due to its taste rather than its effects. Buy this bottle from this site, I didn't and still revet it to this day because it is so much cheaper on here than at my local Virginia ABC store.

16th October 2014

Worst dram I've eve had, absolute crap.

Either it was a very bad batch, or it's just to shitty for me.
One-dimensional huge banana , impeccable yeast , and fake honey.
If you like watered down, colored, chill filtered crap, this will be the best choice.
Absolute waste of money.

1st October 2014

Mr Paul wild

Best I have ever tasted even my wife likes it and she does not drink

26th September 2014

Sweet tasting.

The guy who said it smells like chemicals must have been sniffing to closely. Smells like green apples and honey. One of the first real whiskey I tried and loved it ever since. Really smooth finish.

26th September 2014

Good everyday malt

Pleasant, sweet, summer, fruity, not overly complex but quite a satisfying nose. Sweet sour sweet fruity and slightly spicy on the palate. Has a nice peat finish which turns nutty, almonds. The finish does not last very long but the peat really stands out in the finish. A very nice everyday dram, one that I always like to have with me. Highly recommended.

20th September 2014


Smooth, easy to drink, and very Moorish. I'm fairly new to whisky but have already tried a few of the top shelf luxury brands as I work in the packaging industry. Hands down, this brand and flavour absolutely converted me. I now have this insatiable need to explore all of whisky and to learn as much as I can, it's lured me in and held my interest!

18th September 2014

The Fox

not the most confronting scotch but very easy to drink. a great scotch for the price range!

7th September 2014

Reliable standby

sometimes you don't want a very strong woody scotch, and glenlivet is a pleasant standby for those occaisions.

19th August 2014

Smooth and earthy.

Simple a fine Scotch of the old times. Good before dinner and when chilled.

17th August 2014

Good stuff

I was surprised how much I liked the Glenlivet 12. I would really like some more, great for those with a scotch/malt night friend.

14th August 2014


marvelous thank god no more of it will be wasted on female prime ministers far to good for the likes of that!!!!

3rd July 2014

my "usual"

i don't drink much or often but when i do, i so enjoy a dram or two of the glenlivet is refreshing & comforting at the same time...

22nd June 2014

The old standby

This is the Scotch I keep to drink after a long day at work. Yes there are more complex drams, but I don't always want something that kicks me in the head or takes my attention to think about all that's going on in my mouth. I'm ready to relax and have a smooth subtle 2 rocks 3 fingers drink. I have at least a dozen half full bottles of various distillation. I'll drink half a bottle and go buy something else I like. That way I'll have a variety of choices on hand, but I always have a fifth of Glenn 12 as the go to drink. This or Chinas for the same price? No contest.

11th June 2014

My Favorite Everyday Scotch

The Glenlivet 12 year old is my favorite scotch since it is delicious and not too expensive. I prefer the sweet and fruitiness rather than the smokey flavor of comparable priced Scotch, like Buchannan's.

24th May 2014

The Glenlivet 12 YO

Nose: Permeates room immediately, delicate waft of apples, honey and nutmeg.
Palate: Fruity and sweetish. Needs a teaspoonful of water to release citrussy notes.
Finish: Long but harsh on the throat after 15 minutes. Dehydrating.
Overall: Overrated. Prefer Glenfiddich 12 YO.

24th May 2014

At Duty Free

I suspect there is a different grade for Duty Free shops as the Glenlivet 12 I just bought in Canada Duty Free smells and tastes of something different (like a chemical) I don't get when buying in my regular US store. Anyone else notice this?

24th May 2014

Tried it with a chap of mine.

I'm not a huge scotch fan. But this was a rather pleasant experience. I'm finishing it of off now actually.

7th May 2014

Everything I wanted in a sipper.

I love it. I've tried "stronger " scotches and they were just a bit too smokey for me. I can see how as time goes on I might build a taste for them but for now this is perfect for me.

30th April 2014

intro malt

This is good for introducing folks to malts. On the other hand it was Margaret thatchers favourite nightcap, so if you want a free dram in Scotland or north england, wait until someone orders a Glenlivet in the pub, then tap them on the shoulder and say 'that's thatchers favourite'! They will walk away and leave you with the drink!

30th April 2014


THE GLENLIVET 12 YEARS OLD, produced by Glenlivet Distillery, Speyside has matured for at least 12 Years in oak with an ABV of 40.00%.
The whisky is Golden in color and visually clear with Moderate depth to it.
On the nose it has Medium intensity, Medium complexity with aromas of Apple, Pineapple, Cinnamon, Honey and Vanilla.
On the palate it is slightly sweet and unctuous with flavors of Almond buds, Citrus, Stewed Apples, Hazelnut and Marzipan.
The whisky is of Medium body, Balanced, with a Sweet, long (7+ secs) finish.

Tasting Notes generated by Whisky Vibe App.

22nd April 2014

A decent one for the price

I tried this on a friend's recommendation. It is smooth and easy to drink, the price is right but I do prefer a more peaty taste.
I am relatively new to Scotch but am very much enjoying the new experience.

5th April 2014

For unpeated lovers

I'm relatively new to whisky, although I've tried many in bars or from other whisky-lover friends I know.

I tend not to like much strong peaty ones like Bowmore, Oban, Laphroig, Ardbeg (beware I appreciate them, but I don't plan to own a bottle of them); although I like Talisker (which is peaty but salt/iodum soften it), I'm more into Glenmorangie (Lasanta above all), or mid-peated but very structured ones like Caol Ila.

This.. this is different. Basically unpeated, it overwhelms you with fruit and almond tastes, it's rather creamy and smooth without any kind of burn. I like it a lot; I bought it for 26€, at the same price imho there's no competition from things such as a JW Black Label or other mid-low priced producers like Chivas and such.

If you love peat, you probably won't like it, but if you are looking for a good scotch for a good price it's a very nice choice, especially for a beginner like me. Next? I need a Glenmorangie bottle :D

4th April 2014

Glenlivet 12

I was recommended this as a beginning scotch. After drinking and trying many types I came back to see how it was with a better developed palate. On the nose a nice caramel, with hints of honey and raisins.Has a nice nose with hints of caramel , and fruits. The taste of Apples comes in with a touch of honey and almonds. And towards the finish a bit of smokiness creeps in. Very smooth easy drinker. would recommend for someone exploring the wonderful world of scotch whisky .

3rd April 2014

Really good scotch

Lovely rich taste and smooth long finish. Perhaps the best in it's (price) class!

28th March 2014

Niet goed?? Geen smaak

Als je deze Whisky niet goed vindt nou dan heb je totaaaaaaal geen smaakpapillen hoor!!!

24th March 2014

Want a good scotch? Want it rather cheap?

Get Glen Grant 10 Year old.. it is amazing.

13th March 2014

Delicious Entry Whisky. Interesting arrival and development with a quick finish.

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

5 stars

It's good beginner dram. J would recommend it to experienced whisky drinker

26th February 2014

good starter into scotch

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 :)

26th February 2014

Good first dram

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 shit

tatses like whyte mackay special but finnishes with the taste of jack daniels

23rd January 2014

Disappointingly Dull

Quite frankly rather disappointingly dull, buy something else instead like Teachers which is cheaper.

22nd January 2014

Got it as a present- don't like scotch? -help!

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

Good taste for the money

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.

18th January 2014

New To The Glen 12

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

Its a good whisky, just ignore the wannabe whisky experts

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

What is this? Tastes like wine, not whisky.

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 least it tastes like actual scotch.

5th January 2014

fantastic whisky

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.

28th December 2013

Best I've found in the Ozark Highlands!

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

Perfectly rounded taste

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

Buying another bottle

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

Correctly price

Interesting scotch to start with, but you should try something else like Jura, oban or balvenie to real get into scotch.

18th December 2013

Class in a Bottle

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

A nice Speyside for the price

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

Class Liquified

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

No smoke needed, little sweet, but finishes nicely

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

24th November 2013

Great reasonably priced single malt

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:

22nd November 2013

Great Stepping Stone

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 single malt

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

A fair standby, like Budweiser

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.

9th November 2013

For an everyday scotch/whiskey/bourbon, this fits the bill

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...

Forgot to rate, but for me it's an 8.

21st October 2013

Good scotch.

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.

21st October 2013

Really good scotch for the price

nice and smooth. I love this

6th October 2013

Great scotch... for vodka drinkers.

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

Excellent and affordable

My first single malt scotch and it is by far the best scotch I have tasted to date. highly recommended!

2nd September 2013

Great introduction to Single Malt Whisky

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

Amongst the best

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

One of the best

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

A Russian who's a student of scotch whiskey

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

its a crackin wee whisky

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

Perfectly drinkable

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



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

Unfinished, hints then disappoints

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

Rich, creamy, great starter.

Agreed with numerous above reviews. Great, afforable starter scotch. Still love it to this day.

14th May 2013



17th April 2013

very good

This is a great starter whisky, a bit more complex than the 12 year glenfiddich. Nice and smooth. Recommended.

1st April 2013

oh yeah

i forgot the stars above

29th March 2013

ahhhh. yeah.

I love reading some of you fruitcup wannabe snobs with your complex reviews. Totally entertaining. Bottom line....this is some good dip. Enjoy.

29th March 2013

great scotch

Love it.

26th March 2013

Many Good Qualities

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

Very Enjoyable

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

Finding my way

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

Very Nice!

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

a really good first single malt

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

Very good

Mój pierwszy smaczny single malt.

15th December 2012

Great drink!

Have to say this is one of the finest whiskies I have drank. Beautiful aroma and finish.

14th December 2012

Oliver F

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

One of the finest and purest Whiskies on the market

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

One good malt for shure!!

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

Better then the blended ones, but poor single malt

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

The Virgin meets Scotch

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

A great introductory malt

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

Good Scotch

very nice, good in taste, smotha and it is best in all same categories. I will give it five star.

12th April 2012

smooth taisty goodness

very nice with a smooth but warm kick . 5 stars from me

5th March 2012

Wonderfully complex sipping whiskey

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

Great stuff!!!

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.

26th February 2012

It's wonderful

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

great scotch

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

Love it

i Give it 10 star i was taste it yesterday i really like it :)

8th December 2011

Love this stuff

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

Deja Vu

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

a nice quaff.usualy after dinner

bought a bottle of this for my brother as a xmas prezzie.whilst i was on holidy in cuba.paid approx £ 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 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 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

Buy it Blind Folded

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

Jimmy Chis

Has been my choice for many years and I'm 80 love this whisky.

2nd July 2011

Very nice drink

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

Scotch lover.

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

First timer

Bought a half bottle love the subtle flavors. I will surely buy it again.

1st February 2011

always in my heart

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


its awesome

17th November 2010

Andy B

definitely before dinner not after

27th October 2010

The one that started it all for me...

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

Fruity and honey

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

Count me in as well..

Definately find this one good, not overly complex but very drinkable.

17th September 2010

First Glenlivet

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

Very nice drink

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

A goody for beginners

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

My First Glenlivet!

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

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