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The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

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The Glenlivet Archive 21 Bottling Note

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This is a well-regarded 21 year old from Glenlivet.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is quite full and rich. There are notes of sandalwood and pine with a resinous note. Potpourri creeps in with barley sugar and cereal notes with acacia honey. The palate is rich and full. There are notes of oily walnuts and winter fruitcake with spice and sugar. There is a golden syrup note. The finish is long and sweet with a soft, chewy oak.

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Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old Reviews

Not worth the money

I agree with the more neg reviews it is not as complex as I thought it would be...I bought this after trying the livet 18.....the 18 is incredible... I am disappointed I paid double the price for half the value it is very one dimensional....will not buy again...there are better scotches for a quarter of the price ..I've been sipping and trying my best to appreciate it but it's the same old one dimensional experience that was wayyyy overpriced

9th November 2020

A truly balanced whiskey worth every penny and more....

A Thick and smooth texture with a taste of apples and sultanas, a truly balanced whiskey with a touch of crème.

8th January 2020

Damn good scotch. Buy it.

Master of malts need to get a grip. This is quite possibly one of the best scotches i have tried. The peat finish is incredible. After taking one taste you are sent into the hills of where it was mastered. Definately not the silly potpourri signature. Winter fruit cake?! Come on.

5th October 2019


Super tast nice drink

24th August 2019

My review of the REVIEWS below THIS BOTTLE is BEST.

How can anybody taste from a bottle which costs 255 american and complain of dullness, harshness? Simple foolishness... This bottle has bar far been the best I have ever opened and sipped. A multitude of flavors combined with simple softness at the end of the swallow. 1. Don’t smoke and drink. Taste this with a clean mouth. Some people are affected by eating food, again clean mouth. 2. Shooters? You clown. What are you thinking? Fool. Perpetrator of common sense!!! To the "terrible with harshness", what was your bottle source? Any chance you drank of a fake? No way a person with taste rates this as a 1.5 stars of 5... muggle head!!! To the 70 year old who rated as an 8 of ten with 4 stars, yet penned it was the best in his life?! Wouldn't that make it a ten of 10 or better? FYL... what you thinking? To Bull-oney.... where are your taste buds? What are you comparing against? What is your other favourites? Clearly, you are sure what you are drinking. I lost my effort for your foolishness. OK, II could be pissed all day and these lame reviews, so instead here is mine.

I miss my bottle. NOPE not paid here, in fact the bottle that I had was gifted from hard work. I didn’t know its value until I searched for its replacement! I loved the soft flavors (soft with no choking, biting, acid bucking, stomach turning). I loved the smell before and after sips. I loved the delightful flavors busting out after a couple sips. Hey, we’re all different, try it with water, try it with ice, try it with ginger... But let's be real, don’t try it if a 20 dollar bottle is all you can afford or want to afford. It’s outside our current appreciation level.

PS. Yes 65 a glass is normal in a pub. No its not normal in common sense. AFTER i paid 24 dollars for a mc callum I didn't like in delta sky club, I buy anything I want in the 100 range seeing it as 4 drinks in a public forum then I share my ass off making all my friends nip on drops of nectar in small glasses. Oh the pleasure of converting a beer swizzler into a fine taster of the Scotch nectars. Bless you Glenlivet and all the years of study and work. You have shared an excellent product that deserves more than 5 stars. The true 21 archive will blow your taste buds... in the best way!

7th April 2019

The Glenlivet 21 is the best scotch I’ve ever had.

I bought a shot at my preferred bar a couple weeks ago. The 21 was sooooooo damn extraordinary I had to have a couple more shots before I left. I don’t regret it, even though the tab was horrifying for a single night. The 21 has all of the excellent qualities of its 15 and 18 year old brothers with greater complexity and some extra added benefits of its own with its excellent syrupy chocolate and coffee notes, as well as some additional smoke. I haven’t tried the 25 and the rare older vintages, but I cannot even imagine how one could improve on the 21. It is damn near perfection in a bottle. The Glenlivet 21 will be my next major bottle purchase, sitting next to its younger brothers and the Macallan 18 on my top shelf. Cheers!

PS Balvenie 12, 15, and 17 are not even in the same ballpark in terms of quality and complexity as the Glenlivet 18 or 15 for that matter. I haven’t tried Balvenie’s older bottles, but I doubt they can hold a candle to the 21 either.

9th March 2018

Smooth elegant refined, a real class act.

Smooth, elegant and refined. Subtle layers of flavor, a real class act.

23rd January 2018

It made me put away the Johnny Blue

It made me put away the Johnny Blue. Just the aftertaste is worth the price. I think I’ll work my way up to the XXV next. Thank you Glenlivet.., I am now your faithful customer.

23rd December 2017

25 year is better.

Very good !

13th September 2017


What a fantastic single malt whisky. Incredibly balanced.

9th June 2017


This was a giant disappointment for us. It was super harsh and lacking in complexity on the nose and on the palate. More like a 7 year old than a 21 year old. To be fair, our favorites are Balvenie, Dalwhinie and Dalmore, and I would take the 12 year old from Balvenie or Dalmore over this any day.

30th May 2017

La murray


20th December 2016


I've had a couple of bottles of the Archive 21 and have ordered by the glass in restaurants. Never disappointed. Consistent experience each time; very rich aroma, smooth mixed flavors of fruit, wood, and spice, and a pleasant long-lasting butterscotch/vanilla finish.

13th December 2016


This whisky has gone straight to the crapper. Here is the deal - the Bottling is critical. I had two bottles. Opened the first - some off tastes and in the nose. Not drinkable. I complained and provided a replacement. It was modest at best - maybe good at about $40.

I have opened by second bottle (Batch 0212J) and it is not half bad - BUT not worth more than $100... There is just too much good whisky out there...

7th July 2016

Wait 30 Seconds.

Light nose.
Velvet texture.
Taste of vanilla, oak and a hint of pine.
Sip this one slowly.
I'm getting a citrus finish.

7th June 2016

What did YOU pay for a shot?

I've never asked the price of a glass (neat) when ordering, but I was just charge US$65 for this. Does that sound right to anyone?
I loved it, by the way, but I think I can get XXV for less elsewhere.

2nd June 2016

Just superb

I am loving it. One of the best.

14th January 2016

Love this one.......

It's a more robust Glenlivet.
Glad I bought this bottle as it will vanish way too fast if I don't put it up

Just did a side by side with the 12, and the 12 makes me smile every time. This one has more going on for it.

Pricy, but you get what you pay for.

Excuse me while I savor another dram.

30th July 2015

Disappointed for the price ($169) US

Quick and snappy finish. Just nothing that warrants the price.

28th April 2015

True Single Malt

notes as top choice from the Whisky Malt Festival in the Northern Europe, fave to the whisky connoisseurs.definitely a winner! 1of 10 best Single Malts in the world 2013( Business Insider).Slanjiva!!!

5th March 2015


Sandal wood on the nose, some malt on the palate and nutty flavor, better with a hint of Evian water. Not a long finish. Does not worth the price. Compares with a 15 years old Glenfiddich.

23rd January 2015


Disappointing for a 21 year old SM. Quintessentially Glenlivet, and I am usually not a fan. I've read the words muted and one-dimensional. Those are accurate adjectives to describe it. There are much more interesting scotches for less. The first one that comes to mind is Highland Park 18.

22nd January 2015

disappointing for a 21 year old!

there are better single malts for the age and price of glenlivet 21

2nd January 2015

Pleasantly Content

I love reading everyone's opinions regarding this very mature and robust Scotch Whiskey. For the seasoned alcoholic, yes I can imagine this wouldn't quite fit the bill, however for the Scotch connoisseur who drinks it strictly to enjoy the fullness of flavor and delicate hint of spice, this is one phenomenal Scotch Whiskey! Cheers Glenlivet!

25th December 2014

weak and muted?

bland whiskey? I genuinely feel sorry for your palette.

20th August 2014

Weak and muted

This is overpriced and bland whiskey. Don't waste your money. Put it this way a Macallan 12 year old is better than this every day of the week. While it looks pretty, there is no flavor here. It just tastes like watered down black coffee. Please trust me when you read this, step away from this one and look elsewhere. Aberlour 18, or The Balvenie Double Wood 17 are a much better choices for the money.

4th July 2014


I tried a dram of this very recently and was very impressed. The fragrance is strong and noticeable as soon as you have poured which I have not experienced before. This whisky is very complex and spicy which would be great as a winter drink in my opinion opposed to a Macallan Ruby which isn't as warming and much smoother on the pallet. Both have a great finish. I would totally agree with the review below title "Christmas presents".
I have scored this whisky an 8 as I think you get almost as much bang for your buck in the Glenlivet 15 yo which I own a bottle of.

28th June 2014


It's a good scotch, but I can think of better scotches for the money. Personally I think Macallan 12 is better than this scotch, but the 21 is rare, and old so why not. I enjoyed the presentation more than anything, and I also like the color and flavor, although it is a bit one dimensional with wood and a muted spice. If you want it and need to have it, I say buy it. If you want a real scotch tho, pick up a Macallan 18 or a Glendronach 21 Parliament.

26th June 2014

Frankly my dear, I don't give a dram (Because I'm saving it all for myself!)

After being turned off Glenlivet having only tried the lacklustre 12, this 21 was a real surprise. Night and day difference! This is a rich, round and smoothly voluptuous dram with satisfying substance.

12th June 2014

Chief of Carnock

A compelling and most pleasant Whisky, so much so. Sat down for a quiet Whisky and realised half the bottle had evaporated.

18th May 2014

Jana in Germany

Every year for Mother's Day, I put a bucket of Ice and this Glenlivet out in case my two sons decide to "surprise" me. For twenty years I was sad they never came for a drink with their poor old mother. Today I say "great" It leaves more for me. Glenlivet 21 is the nectar of the G-ds.

13th April 2014

88 Rating

Good, but largely disappointing for a 21. Comparable to a Balvenie 14 or Macallan 12.

5th January 2014

Water of life

Sorry, spelt whisky wrong. American computer

23rd December 2013

Water of life

In all my 70 years this is the best whiskey I have ever tasted

23rd December 2013


this is definitely the best scotch i had, very smooth with good finish. I had party last night, after tasting the glen 21 many of wine lovers in the crowd are converting to scotch

23rd December 2013


Just had a first bottle of this masterpiece. Loved every drop of it. Definitely Recommended.

3rd November 2013

gramps Bell

I am a old scotch man 96yr I think this is a great birthday present for the grand kids mostly cause I think this is a great single malt

Sen Dogal Bell

12th July 2013

canada a

I have a few different brands and this is a very good drink.l have one or two glasses a week.

24th May 2013

Something to love

I had this at a party with other scotch lovers. The after notes are amazing. An absolutely beautiful nose and over amazing bottle.

18th January 2013

Something special

I have been lucky enough to have shared 6 bottles of this great whiskey with my friends. Im not an expert in any way but always savour this special drop and save to buy one everytime one of lifes milestone comes along. I splashed on the 25yr old on an overseas trip and have great memories of that but its this 21 I would love to afford every day.

1st September 2012

Christmas presents

Last Xmas I recieved a bottle of 18 yr. old Macallan. This year it was the Glenlivet 21. A side by side comparison was in order. The results; Macallan is very smooth, finish medium long with a milder taste. Very easy to drink for a non-scotch taster. Glenlivet has a more pronounced taste which I prefer. The finish is just as long and just as smooth. It wasn't the first choice for the non-scotch crowd but was for those who abide. Winner; Glenlivet by a dram.

25th February 2012

The perfect companion

I usually drink the 18yr old Glenlivet but when i was travelling I splashed out on this 21yr old. It is worth the extra money - thank you for such a nice dram.

13th October 2011

this is great

Thank You for such a good scotch, i loved every bit of it, nice a crisp over ice it was so good, w/ out ice it is just what you need to wake up. THANK YOU

22nd May 2011


altho I'm not a expert I'd say that this is one of the best scotches that I've had, it was smooth and delicious and every drink I would taste a new flavor, definatly buying it again but my next purchase will be the 1972

30th December 2010

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