The Glenlivet XXV
A 25 year old from The Glenlivet, finished in Oloroso sherry casks.
The nose is thick and rich. There are notes of chewy sultanas and morello cherry, notes of dried herbs and cooked fruits with apple crumble and a balanced acidity. There are notes of crème de cacao. The palate is thick and smooth. There are notes of sherried peels and sultanas, chewy toffee and walnut, dried fruits emerge with a juicy touch. The finish is long and rich with winter spice.
Nice packaging, nice flavour but not worth the price.
The best of the best
Our whisky group split a bottle that was picked up in Duty Free. It's definitely a nice drop, but the general consensus was that for the price, it isn't worth it. If you're looking at buying a bottle try and get a taste of it from somewhere first. You'll more than likely realise that there are many other similar tasting speysides that can be brought for far less and are just as enjoyable. Yes it's a 25 year old, and yes that does come through, but that alone shouldn't justify the price (hence 3/5)
19th April 2015
There is no better scotch to be had, even within your selections of whiskeys! I am convinced that this will always be my favorite and most precious scotch for the rest of my life. I have compared others, from Glenlivet and elsewhere, and this is tops!
1st January 2015
I've been sampling this during a Whisky fair in Milan and it's absolutely the best drink I've ever had so far.
I've been also confronting it with other 25 years (namely Glenmorangie and -my favourite label- Caol Ila) and imho it simply shatters Glenmorangie's 25, While Caol Ila's is very good but it has lost probably too much peat for my taste, it was something different from what I was used to.
This without considering the price (180€ for this Glenlivet vs WAY over 200 -if not 300€- for both the others).
Probably staying within the Glenlivet's lineup, the 18 yo is the top for price/taste ratio as well as the Nadurra range that it's outrageous.. but this XXV.. oh dear I've never even thought to consider to spend nearly 200€ over a bottle.. until I've tried this. Time to save for a huge gift..
21st November 2014
Clean, cool, crisp, complex. One of the best whiskeys I have ever tasted.