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The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

(70cl, 40%)

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

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The Glenlivet 15 Bottling Note

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is rich and oaked. There are notes of chewy resinous wood with a well-balanced acidity. Fudge and Madeira with apple crumble with calvados. The palate is full and rich with winter spice; cinnamon and cloves, thick oak with developing aridity. The finish is long and dry with a peppery note.

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Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve Reviews

Excellent balance and taste. Spiciness lingers indicating a full body.

The Glenlivet 15 year is my favorite single malt, bar-none. I drank the Glenlivet 21 year archive for a while, several years ago but the 15 year beats it in taste and smoothness. A real first class scotch whisky.
Keep it coming!

17th October 2020

No. 1

My absolute favorite! An absolutely NEAT drink. Flavor is unique and delicious! Thank you Glenlivet!

9th September 2020

Pound for pound best whisky to date

My favourite whisky is the Glenlivet 18. HOWEVER, value for money, this beats it’s. Great whisky at a great price.

31st August 2020

We all said this was one of the best scotches we've tasted!

ahhhh, yes.

27th August 2020

Incredible taste!!!!!!!

I am a huge fan of The Glenlivets... ALL of them!!!
This is my favorite "Everyday" version... It is very smooth and the "oaky" flavor comes through with the spices showing all through out the experience with a wonderful end... Just perfect!!

15th August 2020

When a stable offering lights it up

Nose: Clear grapefruit. Very clear.

Palate: Orange chocolate on the end which is leftover after a whirlwind of grapefruit.

After: Very light wood spice with a slight spur that blinks the whiskey out of its existence in your mouth.

5th July 2020

Great Scotch

Given thus as an Xmas present. Just opened and really enjoying it. Very smooth, last finish, subtle fruit flavours and inner warmth. Excellent

21st May 2020

Thin but good

A bit too light for my pallet. Well structured and fruity though.

20th May 2020

love it, very much

As always, you could spend more and in many cases much more but why? Wonderful, use the xtra money for a great cigar

14th February 2020

A first class single malt whiskey!

Took a taste with a water by. Loved the finish in the mouth, was tingly and slightly fruity. I am used to a peaty, smokey Scotch but I believe I have been smitten by the 15 year! A thankyou to the master crafter! I will buy the 15 year again!

28th December 2019

First class

A wonderfully smooth spirit with a fruity body and a very pleasant, sweet finish. Definitely a cut above Southern Comfort or Jim Beam and totally worth the additional cost (roughly double).

14th December 2019

Really nice

I enjoyed it very much

8th December 2019


Beautifully smooth scotch. One of my favorites.

12th November 2019

Lovely Scotch!

Lot's of lovely flavours in this and very smooth too...almost tastes Irish rather than Scotch! Has had a big price hike recently though which is disappointing.

9th October 2019

5 star all the way

If there's anything better I can't afford it. Instantly fell in love and would make it my go to Scotch but I have to fall back on Monkey Shoulders (yes it's a blend but a damned good one) when I'm feeling cheap.

7th August 2019


Smooth..worth for the price.dont go with the negative comments here!

26th June 2019

Never without it at home

The 15 is the sweet spot for Glenlivet, you could spend more but hard to think you could do much better. In love with it for years

14th June 2019

Glenlivet gem

Amazing value. This really is just outstanding. So smooth and complex. Make mine a double.

13th June 2019

I like it almost as much as Mccallan

Wrong- is there not a slight note of honey?

6th March 2019

Best for the money

Never met a Glenlivet I did not like! Likely, this one is the best bang for the buck on the market! You'll spend a lot to improve upon this fine single malt....

13th February 2019


At this price point don't know if you can get anything better. Simply outstanding.

6th February 2019


One of smoothest whiskeys I have ever had. Don't listen to any of the negative comments and try for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

31st December 2018

Good scotch.

Very smoooth. I’m sipping it as I finish a building a dining room table for my wife. Perfect finish for the night.

25th December 2018

Loved It

Nice and smooth. I was pleasantly surprised. This was also my introduction to Glenlivet.

9th November 2018


Incredibly smooth. One of the best in this price range.

20th October 2018

My favorite Scotch

The person who said this tastes like Elmer's Glue was obviously sniffing glue, not drinking this fine Scotch. If there's anything better I can't afford it.

8th October 2018

Nice cherry peppery oak, bit of a sharp end.

I've been meaning to try this for years but never got around to it. I get a nice heavy cherry and oak smell, and the flavor is spiced with bitter cherry, oak and butterscotch. Smooth as butter with a spicy, peppery finish. Sweet but not too sweet. Bit harsh at the very end though, sears the tongue.

5th October 2018

Tastes like paint

After reading the reviews I was excited for this one. Ended up tasting like paint and Elmer's glue...

16th September 2018

Superb suttleness

This is probably the nicest malt I have tried to date.. Ive searched for many years to find a malt I can truly say I love.. (taste & price important) well this it it. Well done Glenlivet. Ticks all my boxes. If anyone loves me out there well this is indeed my perfect christmas/birthday present.

25th July 2018

A belter that that oozes class

Glenlivets can be amazing or good. None are bad. 12 year is a nice affordable dram but add 3 years and you're on to a winner. This is a superb winter whisky with all the right notes for sharing with an old friend or converting a new one. Only down side its awfully morish

23rd July 2018

4 stars

Very smooth with a nice taste on the pallet - no peat and a pleasure to sip as well as drink in larger swallows

6th May 2018

This deserves a spot in every home bar!

First let me start by saying this is like nectar!

Me & the wife both had 2 glasses the night I opened it. She’s not a huge oak fan but she enjoyed it. It’s slightly sweet but still got enough bite & spice to warm you up.

It was as smooth as I expected & had a nice complexity to it without overdoing it at the same time.

Definitely going to be in my home bar collection!

10th February 2018

Like velvet

Like velvet. Smooth on the palate and not a hint of harshness in the finish. Delicate but rich taste with a pleasant mouth feel. Quite lovely but lacking the extraordinary sparkle for a 5-star

29th January 2018


So amazing. One of the best

12th January 2018

My favorite

I had the 12 and liked it. Got the 15 and loved it. Tried both the 18 and 21 y.o. and came back to the 15. Simply pleasant.

28th December 2017

A delightful Dram.

I have always loved the 12 year old version of The Glenlivet, however after tasting this 15 year old expression it has rapidly become my favourite. Very smooth with a lovely warming finish to it.
One to savour.

27th December 2017


Probably the best dram for the money I have had. The Oak adds a pleasant but different flavor. Worthy Dram.

23rd December 2017

Maybe the best single malt I've ever tasted.

Maybe the best single malt I've ever tasted. A complex but still pleasing palate, hints of caramel and some subtle fruit flavors. Just the right amount of smoke, does not taste like an ashtray. It is pleasantly smooth, has no bitter aftertaste and is just a pure pleasure. It's why I drink whiskey and not gin.

Taste better then whiskeys costing twice as much. I wholeheartedly endorse this fine scotch.

4th October 2017

Fantastic Single Malt

As a relative newby to the world of whisky, I've settled on The Glenlivet 15 as my favourite. This is a delightful whisky, sweet, fruity, nutty and a wee spicy kick at the finish. Worth every penny and even better as I picked it up at a reduced price in Sainsburys (£33). Would happily pay full retail price. The bottle isn't going to last long...

4th October 2017

Glenlivet meets Courvoisier

Spices, toasted oak, brandied chocolates and oaky notes. Would expect a higher ABV at 15 years . A smooth dram in keeping with the Glenlivet expressions.

26th September 2017

5 stars all around...

Definitely one of the best scotch whiskies I've had. I've paid much more for worse quality. Very smooth with a nice vanilla ,spice taste, at the finish. Great price and very good quality!

18th August 2017

Maybe the best Scotch I've ever tasted.

At nearly 5 stars, I was not disappointed by the rating or the taste. This is a fine balance of smoke, fruit, vanilla perhaps, none overbearing or offensive. This is one of the few Scotch whiskies I've had that is worth what it costs, and worth more than some I've had that cost twice the price.

18th August 2017

Great scotch maybe next year's release will be a little more complexed

So so close to being great. 40 ABV hurts it a bit. Vanilla and banana at first with a good woody cinnamon finish. Adding a touch of water doesn't really help aroma or taste.

13th August 2017

Balanced smooth Speyside

For whatever it's worth, I'm a long-time Lead Guardian of the chapter of Glenlivet Guardians where I live. Really, this just means I get to enjoy Glenlivet on a regular basis, gratis. So I'm very well-acquainted with not only their core range, but some of their more uncommon bottlings, too. Of all the expressions I've sampled, I keep returning to the 15 again and again. I have a large collection of whisky at home, and the only Glenlivet I have is the 15 -- two liter-sized bottles. This expression has a terrific balance of fruity sweetness, a hint of spice, nuttiness, and a smooth, round character that the 12 doesn't quite achieve, and the 18 frankly overshoots. I like all the whiskies in the Glenlivet core range, with the possible exception of the NAS Founder's Reserve (have tasted it several times, will never buy that one), but the 15 is the standout for me, both for its taste and character, and for its price-to-quality ratio. Much cheaper than the 18 and for me, a more enjoyable Scotch to drink, too. Easy to sip neat or with a chip of ice. It's chill-filtered as far as I know, and just 40% ABV, so neither a need nor a benefit to add water, IMO. (Rated 4.5 stars for the whisky in relation to the price I pay for it.)

8th August 2017

I highly recommend this scotch

I really like this scotch smooth and the Finnish is long and great tasting !!

8th August 2017


Very good

27th June 2017


Very smooth

1st June 2017

I love it

Smooth if you love Scotch!

16th May 2017


Like many I've tried other Glenlivets but not the 15. Fifteen years is an awkward age for a malt: halfway between the affordable, "honest" 12 and the indulgent, full-bodied 18. For some perspective, my affordable drams are Singleton 12, Royal Lochnagar 12 or even Dewar's Ancestor's "True Scotch" 12 which I heartily recommend. After a couple of doubles in a proper glass, I find the Glenlivet 15 too sweet, too one-dimensional with no contrasting 'bite' to tingle the cheeks. It almost feels like an 18 with the heart ripped out or a Deluxe whiskey.

3rd April 2017


Decent scotch. Doesn't offer a great range of flavour.

11th March 2017

My favorite

New to scotch. Have tried 3 different brands before this one. I see no reason to search any longer. Very smooth. Really enjoyed it.

6th March 2017


Smooth going down and has a nice after taste. One of the best Scotches I've ever had!

3rd March 2017

Not bad at all

I've had the Glenlivet 18 which I felt was just okay. The 15 is pretty good. It's great value - paid half of what the 18 is priced at. It's very smooth and easy to drink. Initially it reminded a bit of a bourbon until I got into it. Lots of interesting flavors and sweet without being overly sweet.

12th February 2017

Tropical gem in the series

It's a very good dram, best for the price in the glenlivet series!
Very tropical in the flavours but the nose doesn't deliver that much though.. that's why only 4,5

9th February 2017

Good stuff

Sweet on the nose with tobacco notes, taste reminded me of a cigar but not the smoky taste ...the taste of the tobacco alcohol burn ...very snooth

4th February 2017


My dad and brother swear by it, and after a few

26th December 2016



23rd December 2016

Best Scotch I have ever tasted

Has a great taste from the beginning to the end.

21st December 2016

Not bad for price point

Can't beat the price for a 15 year old single malt, but needs atleast 43% abv.

13th December 2016

Fresh and deligtfull

N. Fresh and honey sweet, floral notes, and some lemon.
T. vanilla, oak, malty but not to sweet.
F. Drying nicely, With some spice, more floral notes and some pepper.
Verden good balance, lacking some intensity due to low alcohol strenght. My rating 91/100

Eyvind Taraldsen

21st November 2016

Marzipan power

Thick with marzipan apple and cinnamon on the nose. A big hit of toffee apple on the palate with overtures of raisins and Christmas cake hardly any burn but peppery on the finish. Very nice dram!

25th October 2016

The Glenlivet 15 year old French oak Reserve

I normally drink Glenlivet 12 yr old but bought this one last week I found this Malt so beautifully smooth I shared it with my partner who normally drinks MACALLAN ( BUT NO MORE ) He has drank malt for 50 yrs and said this was his favourite now and thanked me for introducing him to it. High praise indeed

22nd October 2016

Sweet oaky

Strong oak nose and taste when drunk neat. Sweet and complex flavor when diluted slightly with water.

20th October 2016

very nice...

Very nice flavour and taste..

28th September 2016

Oak is Oak no matter where its grown....

Would rather have this 15 aged in Oloroso sherry casks.
Would bring out so much more in nose and flavor. Should also be bottled a 43% or better.
While we are at it, non-chilled filtered and no color added.

The oak just seems to prevent this from being so much better than it could be. It smothers the style Glenlivet has come to be known for. This 750m will sit for some time until it oxidizes in the bottle for something a little more ideal (hoping it happens).

17th August 2016


Got my wife a bottle for her 50th birthday. Nice & Smooth!

8th August 2016

Better the second time

First time I had this was kinda disappointed and felt that the 12 year was much better but trying it again right now and I am liking it quite a bit.Similar apple flavor to the 12 year but with a bit more rich oak and cinnamon and very smooth I can imagine drinking many glasses of this stuff.I honestly prefer Glenfiddich's 15 year more just a lot fruitierand a better finish but this is actually really good and very smooth.Worth the money for sure. The sugarbear

27th July 2016

Glenlivet 15 Year

Really Smooth, can't stand Glenfiddich. Unable to find in Duty Free in Miami, or Bermuda, in Bermuda retail has no 12,15,or 18 year old. 18 have not seen yet.

18th July 2016

The best

I've had older but for my money this is as good as it gets. Incredibly smooth, not too fruity, perfect amount of sweetness with a bit of spice. Love this single malt.

16th July 2016

Very Good; Needs a Little More to be Great

I completely agree with the below review. There is nothing wrong with it at all, yet it needs something a bit more to make it great. For me, that extra something is a bit more kick (only 40%) and a better mouthfeel, as it is a bit too thin on the palate for me. But overall, great value for the money. Fantastic taste and it is indeed very smooth and mellow (probably aided by the low ABV).

28th June 2016

Smooth, but...

This malt greets the nose with a cool spiced apple foreground, with Yule spices and woody notes dancing in the background. On the pallet, I find a mellow yet very present array of spices, brought on with a pleasant oak note. The finish is long pleasant. Overall, a good dram, yet it leaves me wishing for a bit more flavor.

6th June 2016


Great taste. Best in this price range.

21st May 2016

Mr McGrory

Probably my favourite single malt within this price range. Smooth good burn as it trickles down.

1st May 2016


Might as well be 3 month bourbon

9th April 2016

Indian delight

Great with dahl and rice

7th April 2016

Growing up

Very nice. A lot of flavors involved.

3rd April 2016

Pretty good!

Pretty good and smooth scotch!

1st April 2016

This is lovely

Can't believe the quality of this speyside. It's so smooth! And so woody/caramely. It's beautiful.

23rd March 2016

Lovin it

I decided to venture out of the 12's and bought the Lagavulin 16 and Glenlivet 15. Out of the two enjoyed the Glenlivet much more. Smoother and more caramelized flavor and a smokey taste. The Lagavilin was a bit smokier and not as smooth but tasty nonetheless.

23rd March 2016

This is lovely

Can't believe the quality of this speyside. It's so smooth! And so woody/caramely. It's beautiful.

15th March 2016

Not bad, but not great either.

The Glenlivet 12 is a nice, undemanding dram. It's simple, smooth and well crafted. All of which is true for the 15. There is a bit more wood, and a touch of red fruits to both the nose and palate, but that's about all that sets the 15 apart from the 12. There really isn't much added complexity or flavor profile for the extra money the 15 costs. Save your money and buy the 12, spend a bit more and get the 18 or try something more challenging from another distillery.

31st January 2016

What a find!

I usually stick to Macallan 18y (quite pricey!) and Glenmorangie Lasanta and was giben the Glenlivet 15y as a present. Thoroughly enjoyable, very smooth but not boring at all. Highly recommended given the fair price. Well done Glenlivet!

29th January 2016

Makes me happy.

I love its taste and enjoy drinking it. Isn't that what one wants in a Scotch

27th January 2016

Fast becoming a classic

An easy drinking, sweet oaky malt with a medium long finish. I prefer it to the 18 year old. It's really well priced too, lovely all year round.

19th January 2016


cant say superb enough times..well done glenlivet . I drink this all the time...quality.

17th January 2016

One of my favorites

If you want to be sure that spending $50 on a bottle of whiskey is worth it, buy this.

9th January 2016


Love it

6th January 2016

I'll tell ya what

It's no lagavulin 16, but I definitely enjoy it

30th December 2015

Glen livet 15

Amazing! The description on the bottle is right on. So worth the $50! Better than the The Belvanie 21 year.

25th December 2015


I love the flavor of this Scotch. It was a gift from a friend. I'll be buying more of this Scotch in the future.

25th December 2015

Best in Sri Lanka

Best whisy in the world
Oak tannin amazing
Style of 12 years but much oakineas to flavour
Resinous gold colour with a nice finish of floral
Finish is just like a nice Sri Lankan chutney with spiced cinnamon and cloves
A delight for all

From agnabagna Ltd
Ceylon Sri Lanka
Jayanathan thimbananny

23rd December 2015

Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

One of my favorites , if not my favorite

11th December 2015

Lovely dram

I'm new to the whiskey world so not sure what I was going to get or what to expect. I bought a bottle of glenlivet 15 and just find it so easy to sit and sip. A lot smoother than I expected

27th November 2015


Something about this whisky leaves me underwhelmed. The 18 is fantastic and even the 12 is a lovely whisky but the 15 feels like it is missing a lot of flavour.

18th November 2015


It's the only whisky my wife will drink and I love it too. The only trouble is we spend so much of our time drinking this that I never get the chance to partake of my rarer, more esoteric collection.

15th November 2015


Hoping it to be good

8th November 2015

josh dumfries

the best scoth whisky i've ever taste!absolutely love it!

25th October 2015

So smooth

My fave in my local bars

9th October 2015

Warm & gentle

Absolutely a good acquaintance. Warm and gentle, but still strong.

21st June 2015

A friend

One of the best Malts, goes well with my selection, the oak makes all the deference , love it

20th June 2015

Ice man

from the first time I tasted it, may 2015, it became my nr. 1 whiskey, the best so far

20th June 2015

Smooth and Creamy

This my favorite scotch in the price range. I truly enjoy a glass of The Glenlivet 15 after a long day. Just to sit and sip. The full palate and creamy texture stays with a long time.

4th May 2015

Not a big fan

For a 15 year, I was hoping for more.

28th April 2015



28th January 2015

Don't be pompous, just drink it!

I love my Talisker 10, Laphroaig 18 and Macallan 18, and many others, but not all whisky needs to blow you over the moon. I was given a beautiful young Arab horse once and was concerned I didn't know enough to do him justice, so I asked a friend with a lot of training experience what I should do. He said "It's your horse; just ride him." It was great advice. My review: This is delightful and somewhat unique scotch for a fair price. It's your whisky, just drink it and enjoy what it is.

28th January 2015

Best scotch ever

Wonderful flavor greatest taste ever. Haven't had 18 year or anything about the 15 year yet but the 15 is just most excellent

28th January 2015

amazing flavor

damn good. first glass however, more delicious than the second. by the time I got to the second I was so hammered I couldn't appreciate it. it was still great but the first taste wast the best. I had the first one neat and the second one, at the bartenders insistence. "opened up" with water. nope neat is better. smooth and absolutely sumptuous

27th January 2015

very, very, very smooth.......

Too smooth. It's smooth and it's oak. And that's about it. If you don't like the dry bitter oak taste, don't buy this. I don't dislike it, it's just not that engaging. At 40% don't expect it to open up a lot with water either.
A nice starter whisky to me, not much else. Three stars nonetheless. It's still quality spirit at a reasonable price.

20th December 2014

Great Partner

A nice double shot and a good cigar is all that a real needs.

20th December 2014

Favorite 'Every-day' Whiskey

This is my go-to scotch for the end of the day. It is also significantly better than its 12 year cousin - enough to make the price difference worth it for daily sipping.

19th December 2014

What a wonderful drink

Every man worth his manhood should get a case today. I had a great you know what. ..

15th December 2014

Wondeful taste

This 15 years waters my fearce appetite for a very unique cask. I appreciate his sweetness with a hint of toffee and subtle peat. I found it very balanced and refreshing.

8th December 2014

One of my favourites

I prefer this one over Glenlivet 18. Very smooth, rich taste. Tastes even better of left sit on a shelf for few weeks after opening ... if possible :)

24th November 2014

Num num num

This surprised me. Not overpriced in my opinion, you're getting a playful little scotch for just shy of £40. Really love those oaken notes.

5th November 2014


An ordinary whisky that is slightly overpriced

2nd November 2014

Very Good

Very surprised by richness a full bodied scotch that has many different notes of flavor.

18th October 2014

French Oak Greatness!

The 16 year is a very peaty scotch, not for beginners of scotch, but well adapt for those of us that enjoy a smoke flavor. This scotch feature everything written above, I enjoyed this bottle during the summer months because my 21st birthday was in August and USA drinking age is 21. Even in summer (I keep my AC high), this scotch was so delightful. Warmed me up before going to bed and gave pleasant dreams. It did remind me of apple crumb pie. Going from 12 year to this was a very different change but a positive one for me in specific. I would recommend other to get this in the Glenlivet tasting sample which includes a 12, 15, & 18 year 200ml each sample before buying the full 750ml bottle of the 15. I also enjoy very dark coffee with no cream and sugar and fell that my palette was more used to this pettiness than others liking.

Enjoy your dram,

Brandon Niblett (add me on Facebook, I would like more scotch loving friends)

16th October 2014

I've been an active part of the extended Glen Livet family since the 80's

I've given many of the family a try / up to now the 15 French Oak Reserve is the "all around best" in the categories judged.....

Thank You

18th September 2014

My favourite, hands down!

I love every part of this whisky, especially the finish. Last year I learned to drink and understand the tasting of whisky. Even went on a whiskytrip to the Speyside and tried so many kinds. But this is the one for me.

23rd August 2014


I could take it or leave it, I found it to be very single noted, VERY smooth, just not what I would expect from a single malt.

11th July 2014

no apple crumble here

some tasting notes leave me a bit cold .. apple crumble .. really !? There is definitely the influence of oak (perhaps unsurprisingly) but i don't get that much spice either, not really, its slightly peppery on the palate, very smooth, great with some ice or not and (I think) quite different but equally recommendable with either. its very smooth and clean (very different from an oily peaty Laphroaig for example), its reasonably straight forwards but its defining characteristic, strangely enough, is that of Cognac. Id be surprised if Cognac drinkers didn't find this an affable dram, which should not really be any surprise either. I have to say that it feels slightly processed. 40% and not just simply a casks strength at 15 years with this provenance, doesn't quite add up for me, but what do i know. Its ok but i wouldn't rush out and pay this much again. a great scotch for those who dislike peat and love brandy (the two seem to go hand in hand in my experience).

12th May 2014


Love it. Smooth rich and buttery. Velvety mouthfeel. Very balanced. Finally exactly what I had in my mind imagined as the perfect example of a non-peated scotch.

6th May 2014


Without a doubt this is one of my favs.

29th April 2014

A Beauty

One of my favourites, an absolute cracker...

26th April 2014

Needs to BREATHE for way too long

Tasted it fresh after twisting the cap and it compares to every bargain bin "aged 3 year scotch" i have ever had. after snubbing my nose at it and pushing the glass FAR away i let it sit for about 4 hours before trying it again. Not bad at all. But when i drink scotch i expect a flavor of some sort that i can distinguish (especially a single malt)....and this has none. There are definitely better choices out there but it is worth a taste for someone who like to try them all. I do not recommend for beginners.

12th April 2014


SMOOTH SMOOTH SMOOTH!!!!! A couple cubes and you are set for a pleasurable sipping experience. enjoy with a light cedary cigar or by itself.

I'm sure the "oak cask" guy is messing around but his rating should be omitted. Consummers who are searching for their taste in Scotch read reviews and look at ratings. mostly so they don't spend money they don't have on something they won't like.

22nd February 2014


I am new to scotch I am 24 and only have been drinking it about a year. I have two favorites none the less aberlour abundah and glenlivet 15. they are both fantastic. I agree with everyone else in the face that I cannot believe someone actually thought it would show up in a French oak cask. that would be super badass but not going to happen most likely. I guess you never know

3rd February 2014

Where's the wood?

Yes indeed; I agree with the previous reviewers regarding the oak. I opened the box to find a bog standard glass bottle of whisky rather than any sort of oak receptacle. Not a hint of wood here of any kind. I have to say, the whole oak thing did rather taint my whiskey and whilst I was drinking it, my mind couldn't help but drift to the promised oak.

25th January 2014

The Beauty that showed me the way ....

Beautiful dram which introduced me to the mighty Glenlivet - if this is your first bottle of malt, you will not be sorry - Excellent

23rd January 2014

How Excellent

I just received a bottle of the 15 year French Oak expression for my 29th Birthday. How special a sip it is. Very elegant and perfect for any special moment to oneself.

6th January 2014

2nd night improvement

On the first night I tried this I wasn't as impressed, but with my second dram the next evening I let it sit for about 5 minutes and it noticeably improved. Only wish it were a stronger proof but besides that it is a good drink if you're not in the mood for the peated stuff.

21st December 2013


To those that have been "disappointed" because this didn't come in an oak barrel, the "container" is irrelevant, it is what is inside that matters and Glenlivet matters very much

20th December 2013

Whaaaaaat? Noooooooooo!

First this is an excellent dram. But wait....please pardon my sarcasm here. The guy expect this whisky in a French oak not glass bottle. My friend are you sure it's a scotch or maybe it's something else, either way get lost and buy yourself a cheap beer or rum. I love this guy! French Oak!!

28th November 2013

Salute to Poppi

I picked up a bottle of this to celebrate my grandfather's passing. He wasn't a drinker, but if he was, I think he would have enjoyed this as it is just like him...smooth and classy.

25th November 2013


Started drinking whisky recently after my Scottish grandfather passed away - tried this as the Glenlivet 12yr old was always a favourite. I shan't be going back. The 15yr old is much smoother with far more depth and complexity on the palate. Will stick with this as an everyday tipple!

13th November 2013

Mhm ...

Mhm ...

9th November 2013


I've never quite got on with the Smith's Glenlivet. It's always been a tad disappointing, but I suppose it is a good whisky which doesn't appeal to me. It doesn't have any outstanding features - the bouquet is ordinary and my palate can't find much to distinguish it. Perhaps it's just me. Whisky tasting, like anything else involving judgement can be very subjective. Even so, I'd give it 3 stars.

21st October 2013

Beware of Scotch trollers?

This is a very complex whisky, a very good winter whisky, lots of spice and subtle sweet flavors of english candies, after dinner biscuits, and fruits. I don't know how the mongoloids got a hold a bottle, I know they're joking about it coming in a barrel or hating the color of the box... packaging is nothing to do with the quality of the whisky. I rely on reputation and reviews, I seldom walk in and grab something I've never heard of before. Keep the trolling on facebook kiddies, and the scotch drinking to real men.

19th October 2013

A very good find.

I like just about everything it has. No peat more mellow as anything I have ever had. Great !

15th October 2013

Memories of a Scotch

I have had the joyous privilege of having the 15-year-old, half French half Scott, young lady attend Thanksgivings, Christmases, and New Years parties. As the Brits would put it, “she is a social bird”. As a Veteran OIF and OEF she helped the sea stories of a sailor just seem a little funnier and cherish the company of the closes friends and family. She is a lady that should assist in the warmest celebrations. My birthday is on 9-24-83 and she has been cordately invited to attend.

18th September 2013

glenlivet 15yo french oak reserve

"As good as it gets......

.....without spending a fortune. Personally prefer Islay but this 15 yr old from the 16 men of Tain will do me until I die if needs be....a hefty 92 on my richter scale"

Having lived all my life 19 miles from the Glenmorangie distillery, where the 16 men of Tain reside, I was surprised to read the above review. My ancestors are from the Braes of Glenlivet where The Glenlivet 15yo is produced,and this is a long way from Tain, as long as you enjoy the dram I don`t suppose it matters if you have absolutely no clue as to where it comes from!!!ps the name gives a very strong hint of its origins.

16th September 2013

no fancy stuff just my truth..

i am a fairly young 50.. i have been sneaking a wee dram since being a boy... i have tried many fine and rare whiskys over the years and must admit this is a gem and a steal at the price... i am sipping a glass and rolling the flavor around my mouth as i write... simply superb my advice it treat yourself today.. the fun part is their are still so many to try....

11th September 2013

Very Good

Great whisky, shame people have tarnished its ratings over a french oak cask, which it is clearly not going to be bottled in.

7th September 2013

Smooth but falls short

Not specifically a complex whisky but it offers a decent experience. Lackluster for a 15 y.o., miles better than the 12 y.o. glenlivet. Light and floral. A few drops of water go a long way here. For a good speyside dram Benromach 10 would be a better and cheaper alternative.

22nd August 2013

Beats many higher aged and more expensive single malts. A good find...

One of the best single malts I have ever tasted. Great on the palate, fruity and a beautiful finish.

20th August 2013

As good as it gets......

.....without spending a fortune. Personally prefer Islay but this 15 yr old from the 16 men of Tain will do me until I die if needs be....a hefty 92 on my richter scale

18th August 2013


lmao at the "didn't come in a french oak barrel." Oh crap - I'm out..

8th August 2013


The best Single Malt I have ever tasted! I liked it better than some 18 Y.O. Extremely Rare Highland Single Malt. Super! Shall recomend it.

3rd August 2013

almost too sweet, if thats possible

A great, citrusy and oaky experience, great to get non scotch drinkers into single malts, i have a hard time noticing any complexity when everythings this sweet, but its truly a highly citrusy, almost syrupy experience with just enough oak to remind you its a fine whisky and not a juice.

19th April 2013


Took me a second tasting several days later to fully understand this malt - it's delicious. The finish slightly reminds me of Lillet Blanc, I assume it's from the French oak. Very good scotch if you're looking for something without peat, though I am a fan of peat.

13th April 2013


I enjoy a nice glass of Glenlivet 15 every so often. It's a good change-up from my preferred drink. I'd recommend this malt to any scotch drinker.

12th April 2013

Great review - one step further

One step further - I love how you described your experience with the single malt. Very descriptive. Made me go out and buy me a bottle at £31.

6th April 2013

A heck of a single malt

I recently purchased a bottle of The Glenlivet 12. It came with two dram bottles; the 15 year old, and the 18 year old. I found that i preferred the 15 to the 18. It has a smoother finish in my opinion and the sweet buttery flavors of the wood come through for just a really pleasant overall experience. This is relaxation in a bottle.

10th March 2013

One step further

Tonight I as contemplating at my local store which aged spirit to partake in. I thought... "Single Malt or Single Barrel" I opted for for this one and at first took a deep breath and inhaled the sweetness of citrus, cinnamon and smoked oak. As I sipped the elixir, I could taste the notes of resins, nutmeg layered over a pure orange/tangerine coating my tongue with a smooth oil which was in reminiscent of almond oil. The finish lingered for a decent amount of time to hold me over between sips. I will point out that I found greater satisfaction by placing my whiskey stoned in boiling water, drying them and swirling them in the glass. A light fog coated the interior of the glass bringing forth a more intense nose and a complexity to the pallet greater than before. I recommend this to those who wish to have a decent experience at a decent price. I got it for $45 USD. It was going for $60 elsewhere, but even at $60 its worth every penny. I took half a star off because not only did it not come in a french oak barrel, but they didn't even seem to reserve one for me. The horror!

23rd February 2013

Buyer Beware

Great scotch but it did not come in French Oak as it sounds like it does from the description.

22nd January 2013

Hurry back rating!

Beyond Excellent!

17th January 2013

Hurry Back toAmerica!!

Please expedite the French Oak Whiskey !! A lot of stress here in the states! I desperately need my old dependable friend!!

17th January 2013

Wee Gem

Can the guy who found this at £17.34 a bottle please tell me where, am on ma way wi the wheel barra noo. Having sampled this numerous times I also agree it's hard not to continue once you open the bottle. A wee gem, in a big industry.

19th September 2012

Very good

I did love the smoothness of this one. Great for dessert.
PS. Thumbs down on the botteling, it did not come in an oak cask as stated :P (what the.. xD)

6th August 2012

15 Year old French Reserve - What a beauty!

Exquisite! (Even if it didn't come in an oak cask ;-D) Fools should stick to the cheap booze and leave the good stuff for those who can appreciate it.

3rd July 2012

15year French Reserve

This is a winner! Some have compared this to JWB (Johnnie Walker Black),and I made the sad same mistake. Glenivet 15 French Resvere is far better,smoother in taste. This is very smooth to the palete,a bit of smokiness.A Scotch for a muture man.Enjoy my friend!

30th June 2012

Marty H

One of the nicest malts I have ever tasted, so smooth, no ice or water required. Phenomenal....

1st May 2012


ottimo gusto morbido al palato non alcolico alla gola .
prezzo ancora buono. 34 euro in italia
altri whisky molto superiori a 5000 sterline non sono così gradevoli

3rd November 2011

Cannot wait for my birthday

Read all the reviews and decided to treat myself to a birthday present.
Went to my local store and found it at £17.34, yes £17.34!

Will be celebrating for 2 more birthdays! Keep yiur eyes peeled.

6th October 2011

Glenlivet 15 year French Reserve

I really enjoyed this,spicy,tobbaco taste.Once you open the bottle,it will be hard to stop. I give it a ten!

5th September 2011

very nice

had this a few months back and found it to be a great whiskey, it is spicier then the 12 and 18 but a really good rich flavour, this is one i'll keep in my collection and serve to impress, though it does come in a glass bottle and not in a barrel it is very nice indeed

12th March 2011

This is humor

He made my day when i read be ware does not come in oak barrel it came in glass bottle! Love this guy!

1st March 2011

Bourbon Drinker

For years a bourbon drinker, recently appreciated single malt scotch (was put off by the belnded ones all this time). Excellent dram. It definately travells you to a world of relaxation after a long day.

6th February 2011


Warm, smooth oak, Fruity. A real treat, But Beware - sampling can easily lead to half the bottle great dessert Whisky.

Highly recomended for those who do not need peat smoke

5th January 2011


This is one for the special occasion. I have just been reunited with an old friend, what a treat to sit and sip a fine scotch and catch up on old times.
& of course had I not of had my old friend here with me to share in this rather special little number, my own company & a wee dram would also be rather satisfactory... HE! he!

21st December 2010

Censor the fools star review

I would recommend you leave the fools comment but censor the star rating. I almost didnt buy it because of 1 star review.

Then I thought to myself, is it possible not to like a 15 Glenlivet?


18th November 2010

Très bon marché!

Warm, smooth oak, apple and cinnamon. A real treat, and a bargain! Be aware - same idiot left a similar comment re The Macallan Fine Oak 10yo, we have a comedian in our midst.

15th November 2010

Be Aware????

Your site shouldn't even print such an absurd review. Did this idiot expect an oak cask in the box? This is 4-5 star whisky all day long. A Classic big oak complex speyside. BK from California.

18th October 2010

Be Aware! Fools review stuff.

I too was greatly dissapointed when my 30 pound bottle of whisky did not arrive in a french oak barrel, I was going to make a tidy profit selling the barrel later.

25th August 2010

James K

loved the aroma

7th April 2010


Wonderful flavour and smooth as silk. Highly recommend this malt.

30th December 2009

Be Aware!

You should be careful when you buy this. It does not come in French Oak at all but in a glass bottle. Did not like the colour of the leather on the box at all!

15th December 2009

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