I received this as a Christmas present from my best friend. He enjoys whisky but doesn’t have an in-depth knowledge. He did however remember I loved a sherry cask scotch and cask strength whiskies so I commended him on his choice.
Paid: $75 for 750ml
Distilled / Owned By: Glenlivet / Pernond Ricard
Aged For: NAS
Mashbill: 100% malted barley
Cask Type: First-fill Oloroso sherry casks
Chill Filtered: No
Color Added: No
Color: Dark Copper
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Nose: Raisins and dried fruits. Oloroso sherry. Confectionary sugar. I can almost smell the sugary sweetness coming off of this one.
Taste: Figs and dates. Almond and sherried oak. Christmas cake and gingerbread.
Finish: Has a bit of nip on the end of my tongue which I assume is from some younger whisky in the bottle, but it is fresh and fruity. Custard, citrus and ginger finish things off.
Overall: I really enjoyed this and it was a thoughtful gift. Much more than I expected out of Glenlivet, however I would like to see at least a 12 year aged version put out, that would check all the boxes for me. Benefits greatly from the added texture due to high ABV. A good fruity sherry bomb.
Score: 87 out of 100