Character: The rich and exotic one
Colour: Deep and intense gold
Nose: Creamy and rich with buttery notes
Palate: Fruity, nutty flavours
Finish: Lingering trace of sweet almonds and hints of spice
Wine Enthusiast 91 points - Don’t dilute this light, gentle Scotch too much. Enjoy the honeyed, fresh tropical fruit aromas and mouthwatering vanilla and almond flavors with a hint of smoke and spice on the finish. Light body. Good value.
— K.N. (Dec 2011)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Ultimate Beverage Challenge (Mar 2011)
The 15 Year Old’s distinctive character is the result of selective maturation; a proportion of the spirit is matured in a selection of French Oak casks for a limited period, so as not to overpower the final result.
The Glenlivet was one of the first distilleries to use French Oak in the whisky making process, a technique that has since been imitated by many others.
Limousin Oak, which is cut in the Dordogne region of France, is often used to mature fine wines and cognacs. In the case of The Glenlivet, its low density allows the spirit to penetrate deep into the wood, imparting the expression’s distinctive spiciness.
The French Oak also increases the intensity of the whisky, resulting in a richer and creamier finish.