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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.
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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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
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
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
I am loving it. One of the best.
14th January 2016
It's a more robust Glenlivet.Glad I bought this bottle as it will vanish way too fast if I don't put it upJust 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
Quick and snappy finish. Just nothing that warrants the price.
28th April 2015
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
there are better single malts for the age and price of glenlivet 21
2nd January 2015
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
bland whiskey? I genuinely feel sorry for your palette.
20th August 2014
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
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
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
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
Good, but largely disappointing for a 21. Comparable to a Balvenie 14 or Macallan 12.
5th January 2014
Sorry, spelt whisky wrong. American computer
23rd December 2013
In all my 70 years this is the best whiskey I have ever tasted
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
Just had a first bottle of this masterpiece. Loved every drop of it. Definitely Recommended.
3rd November 2013
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 maltSen Dogal Bell
12th July 2013
I have a few different brands and this is a very good drink.l have one or two glasses a week.
24th May 2013
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
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
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
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
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