Glenlivet - French Oak 15 Year Old - Speyside Whisky 70cl Bottle

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Glenlivet - French Oak 15 Year Old
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70cl Bottle
£41.09
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Colour - Deep gold, with intense late-afternoon sunshine shades.

Nose - Without water: Creamy, rich. Resinous fragrances swirl up before melting into a citrus fruit salad bowl. Lightly toasted pine nuts. Citrussy. Orange peel and candied grapefruit. A floral touch. Geranium, almond brandy snaps, vanilla toffee, fudge sauce. A tempting mellow bouquet for a sweet tooth! A dry spicy echo resonates in the back. Touch of liquorice.

Water wakes up nutty and oaky aromas. Blancmange. Drying wood in a suntrap location.

Rubbed on the hand - Freshly baked raisin buns, toasted brioche.

Palate: Without water: Round, sweet, incredibly smooth and velvety. Wood is entirely integrated but present all the way, sweetly enveloping fruity and nutty flavours in an oaky shell. Luscious chocolate fudge fingers on taste buds.

With water: Oak shows up through sweet and bitter flavours. Dark chocolate. Walnut peel. Water seems to unwind the bouquet, releasing more spices as well. The finish is drier.

The finish is lingering, nutty. Toasted haelnuts, lightly smoked almonds. A distant spicy aftertaste.

Oak gives the beat in the Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve. The influence of Limousin casks, the same that are used in Cognac, is obvious. They impart more oaky aromas (vanilla, bitter chocolate, creamy notes) than American oak. But it has achieved a remarkable smoothness, all edges cut and a rewarding complexity. The perfect dram for a sweet tooth. To be enjoyed after dinner, with a few dessert nibbles to complement its bakery bouquet.

Better enjoyed with no water at all.



Category(s):     Single Malt Whisky
Group(s):     15 Year Old Scottish Malt Whisky
Producer: Glenlivet Distillery   -   www.theglenlivet.com
ABV:   40%
Age:   15 Year Old
Brand:   Glenlivet Distillery
Country of Origin:   Scotland
Distillery:   Glenlivet
Region:   Speyside

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In the early 1800's in remote valleys and barns at least 200 illicit stills were hard at work in the region known as Glenlivet.
The stills themselves were cramped and hidden underground, in caves, in barns, in the roofs of houses, anywhere where there was room. And because of the increasing demand for the drink and the mad rush to produce anything before being found out by the Crown, the alcohol produced was an almost clear, raw spirit. But nobody cared what it looked like, it just had to be made and sold - fast.
The Crown struggled to rid the Highlands of illicit distillers, who paid no excise tax. No Scot was prepared to line the pockets of the English with tax and would fight to the death - it was a stand of independence against the old enemy of England.
Yet with splendid irony, George IV insisted on calling for The Glenlivet whisky, the illicit product of the Highland stills. The kings preference brought high approval of The Glenlivet whisky, already established as the most treasured of all Highland whiskies.
Smugglers already commanded a price premium of £1 per ten-gallon cask.
In the early 19th Century the clampdown on illegal operations began. The Duke of Gordon, a wealthy landowner recognised that the farmers relied on the income from illegal whisky production to pay the rent. His response was to reduce duties and introduce legal licences for the production of whisky. The first licence was granted to George Smith for The Glenlivet - the only whisky entitled to call itself The Glenlivet.

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