Distillers' Single Malts between 13 and 20 years old - 2014
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Speyside Single Malts 13-18yo - 2014
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Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
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Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Yrs - 2013
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Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013
The nose is quite big and well-rounded. There are notes of chewy sultanas and sherried peels, barley sugars and toasty cereals with petals and apple blossom. A touch of fudge and gentle wisps of smoke. The palate is full and rich with notes of chewy, tannic oak. Manuka honey and walnut with Cox’s apples and orange peels. Cut herbs; fennel and spearmint. The finish is long and dry with a spicy oak note.
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I have found over several tastings that the 12 & 15 yr. expressions are more complex with fruit flavors than the 18. I find the 18 flat or one-dimensional. Age isn't everything. A disappointing dram.
16th May 2015
I find that age isn't everything. Actually I find the 12 & 15 yr expressions more complex with fruit flavors. I find the 18 yr boring, perhaps flat.
15th May 2015
Its a nice mix of flavors. Quite a bit better that the 12 and 15. Soft honey, vanilla and a fruit that I haven't completely identified…something with a citrus taste.
28th April 2015
Nice and viscous, as a lover of young islay I did not expect to like this as much as I do. Surprisingly excellent.
24th April 2015
This is a fantastic whisky. Very smooth and mellow with a light smokiness. Lingers on the palette beautifully.
13th April 2015
I just tried a glass of Glenlivet 18 year old Scotch from a new bottle that I had received as a Christmas gift.What a disappointment, instead of "smooth and wonderfully balanced"it was harsh and barely palatable, more like Cutty Sark than a quality Scotch.
8th April 2015
I first tried this whisky in 2014. I am happy to admit my initial review sold this drink short. It is an exceptional dram. My son just brought me a bottle through duty free. It lasted 5 nights. Absolutely wonderfully dram well rounded, full with a wonderful lingering aftertaste. I have over 90 bottles of single malt in my shed. Glenlivet 18 yo is my No 1 at the moment
23rd March 2015
I drink this neat and I love it. if there's a better tasting scotch, I haven't tasted it.
8th February 2015
a very smooth flavorful scotch with a mellow finish!
31st January 2015
Before Glenfiddich 15 years was my favourite, but this bottle just pushed it up a knot.
31st December 2014
Great whisky for the money! Fresh nose, cereals and citrus. Honey and dark chocolate, with orange peel. Taste stays with you for quite a while. So smooth!
15th December 2014
This one is better than Glenfiddich18! Definitely will buy again!
12th December 2014
Very good, unique taste. I like the bit of smoke and the light fruitiness. This is my go to favorite. I have a bottle of the 21 archive I am opening Christmas eve, I cant wait.
8th December 2014
I've been drinking Single Malts for many years. MCCALLUM 10 yr has been my favourite, however, I recently tried Argbah, 18 year and loved the smokey,peat flavour. The Glenlivet 18 yr was a gift from my son, who has expensive and quality taste in all things. This is a very enjoyably scotch , fruity, smooth and leaves a fresh, clean taste. Definitely worth a try. Will buy another. Newfoundland, Canada.October, 2014
24th October 2014
When I was in college back in 2001-2005, I started exploring the Scotch world, and was quickly pointed in the direction of this bottle. From the first sip until today, I've always loved this one. From the nose to the rich finish, it's simply delicious, and it's hard to find much fault here. I used to be able to get it for around $69, and at that price, it's highway robbery! But these days, it's at least $100 down here in South Florida. Still worth every penny!
20th October 2014
I turned 21 in August and have been drinking only the Glenlivet's scotch since legal at 21 years of age in the USA. I have been working my way up the years, enjoyed the 15 the best until this one (I have tried the 12, 15, and 16 Nadurra thus far). The Chaps at Master of Malt review was spot on, I went to my extended spice cabinet to smell my sugar free barley flour and (then mixed it with spearmint) before nosing the scotch, your have a great nose my friend! The orange, apple, and smoke I could smell from the start but the undertone noses (I was lacking smell experience until I tested it with my spices). The oak is a familiar smell but I was not able to pinpoint it until reading this review. The pallet of fennel was a great surprise upon sniffing my spice of fennel (which I use in most of my chicken or pork cooking). Honey and bitters of oak was an obvious finish I have had and love with all Glenvliet's scotches. I am appreciating the longer finish with this scotch considering this being my most aged scotch tasted. It is even longer than the higher ABV 16 year Nadurra that I am finishing the bottle of currently. I love reading reviews as I drink a dram because it allows me to nose, palette, and finish even more than normal. I hope you read this "Chaps at Master of Malt" because you deceive much credit for your wisdom in scotches. I am so enjoying my 200ml bottle taster sample of the 18 that I will soon be purchasing the 750ml bottle in less than a month. Cheers to your drams,Brandon Niblett
16th October 2014
after trying tons of single malts finding this beauty for 49.99 was especially rewarding.
1st September 2014
One of the best whiskys I have tried going to buy my second bottle now
20th July 2014
Far better than the other speysides I've tried. Glenfiddich and Balvenie are too cardboardy, Macallan is too sherry-y. I can't say I *love* this (prefer a bit stronger malt (glen grant, old pulteney) or peat (islay) flavor), but for a reasonably-available speyside, this one's got just a touch of sherry sweetness and very little of the cardboardy taste I've found elsewhere. Feels more classy than the tasteless obans and scapas. I guess to summarize this is the best happy medium if you want a touch of that sherry "luxury" and don't like drinking cardboard.
9th July 2014
orange and sherry nose. honey, oak and tannins on the palate. oaky smooth finish. my favorite so far
9th April 2014
Absolutely love this stuff. I hosted a tasting recently and most liked this by far the best. Very smooth.
24th February 2014
best among all d brands i had so far....
19th February 2014
Very smooth and citrusy and I taste oranges. Excellent.
31st January 2014
this is a good dram but I have been trying many in the last few months this one doesn't quite do it for me whilst it is a good drink with beautiful tastes it is not remarkable I am stuck at the moment on Glenfarclas 17 yo
29th January 2014
This Classic 18 years Speyside Dram with a nose of green apples, sultry sherry & a fine wood finish pairs perfectly with our 4 fermentations Robusto with plenty of smoke, but that brings out the high content cacao flavour, roasted coffee, toasted dark nuts & also a long & fine wood finish.Enjoy!
18th January 2014
Got a sample bottle of this in a gift set, and was not impressed. Flat on taste and finish.
8th December 2013
That's the best whisky I've ever tasted in my life there's nothing I would ever compare with uhm! What a nice Whisky I must say
5th December 2013
I can drink this like water - it is so freaking good. I used to put Ice in Scotch and now I would horrified if anything molested this beautiful booze
27th November 2013
I can't comment on the notes too much because I've recently poured the 12 yo after it. Not completely sweet, a bit sour/tangy citrus, dried fruits, marzipan, biscuit buttery, leather, winter spices, then the peat smoke is light and stays on the palate. A much nicer whisky than I had anticipated, complex wise, thanks to the Euro casks. Would be wonderful in port or sherry, to open up the fruitier notes, or perhaps use more peat to pull out more smoke and astringent flavors. Next time I'll try with a wee bit of h2o.
19th October 2013
Scent of banana and caramel with cinnamon. Creamy flavors of lemon and tropical fruit. So smooth that it suffers a little in complexity.
4th August 2013
This is truly great Whisky! Smooth as silk and well rounded
31st July 2013
Similar to a cats scrotum on a hot day....tremendous !
18th July 2013
used to be around $60 but ive been seeing the price go up to about 90+
2nd July 2013
Beautiful and strong aroma, amazing flavour and extremely smooth. Will be buying this one again :-)
13th May 2013
I've only been drinking scotch in a serious manner in the last few years, and I have been sampling many brands and years to find exactly what I like. Before, I had set on Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or as what I keep in my cabinet, but after trying the Glenlivet 18, I haven't bought another bottle since. Very smooth and great finish. Goes absolutely great with a cigar or pipe, if that is your thing (I smoke a pipe on occasion). Would recommend to anyone I know who likes scotch or even the newbie who should try good scotch without being turned off to it by drinking bad! = )
20th April 2013
It is by far my favourite scotch whisky but I can't believe how cheap it is in America. I am from Australia and here it costs 105 dollars a bottle and when I saw the price of 59 dollars here I was shocked.
8th February 2013
Smoothest scotch ever tasted..
23rd January 2013
So far this one is my favorite
17th December 2012
26th November 2012
This is the best whisky on the market in my book. Smooth as silk with awesome flavor. I have a hard time keeping it in my cabinet because it seems to "disappear" quickly. I nearyly choked my brother-in law when I found he'd poured himself a large "bucket" of Scotch & Soda using my last bottle of 18 year old....bottle is now hidden in the closet!
1st November 2012
Not only is this a truly excellent whisky, but it's pretty damned cheap too...
2nd September 2012
Absolute Liquid Gold.... Highly recommended to any scotch drinker out there. if you dont like this then your way too hard to please. =P
21st August 2012
this is as smooth as it gets, no hangover, well priced...if you want to party like a rock star and keep going.....this is it...
28th July 2012
better than blue labe
I dont know if my bottling was bad or if this one just isn't for me.. Reminds me very much of the Glenfiddich Rich oak but much sharper oak/fruit in the nose and taste.. Don't find it pleasant at all :( Love the Glenfiddich 14yo rich oak doe
22nd July 2012
I enjoyed the flavour. The best whiskey i have tested so far
18th July 2012
Given that I'm a fan of the Glenlivet, I was really looking forward to this, but I was somewhat disappointed. It's by no means bad, just a bit one-dimensional. Sweet, with lots of apple flavours on the nose and palate, but to be perfectly honest I prefer the 12 and its greater vibrancy.
22nd June 2012
This is the best whisky i ever had, its worth every penny. I enjoy this on sundays as well. no hangover at all.
27th May 2012
Noble flowery-lacquer aroma, moderate spirit with malty and - a little bit - fruity notes, restrained aftertaste with a soft wood. Delicate enough and calming.
7th May 2012
Good smell aromatic and smoothness in drinking till 2pegs after that no hangover
14th April 2012
Best single malt out there
4th December 2011
amazing to drink this whiskey....its a pleasure
13th November 2011
Love it,great long honey taste,wonderful fudge and vanilla smells.extremely enjoyable whisky
17th August 2011
Tried this after knowing the 12yo. It is a beauty indeed, balanced and aromatic. Worths every penny.
2nd November 2010