Glenlivet - Archive 21 Year Old - Speyside Whisky 70cl Bottle

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Glenlivet - Archive 21 Year Old
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70cl Bottle
£108.43
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Colour - Amber with sparkling copper shades.

Nose - Without water: Opulent, mature. Sherry influence. An intricate array of fruit and wood. Christmas cake-like. Sultanas. Maraschino cherry. Thick-cut marmalade. Oak panels in an old church. A cedary touch. Balsamic spices. Cubebe pepper. A hint of eucalyptus. Tropical hardwood. Oak soon gives way to malty notes. Citrussy freshness. Orange and kumquat peel. Some cakey notes. A reminder of Grand Marnier souffle.

With water: Water enlightens the fruity bouquet and brings out vanilla notes. Lighter notes of ripe peaches. Pear and marzipan pie. Luscious barley sugar aromas.

Palate: Without water: Unctuous. Mouth coating, almost syrupy. Full-bodied. Sultana cake. Ginger biscuits. Oak holds the reins back, releasing a drying spiciness. Cinnamon and ginger. A touch of hot paprika. Walnut and raisins dark chocolate.

With water: More sweetness but wood and fruit are not so well integrated. A watery gap at mid-palate. And a bitter note in the finish. Bare oakiness shows up a little blatantly.

Finish: Everlasting, warming. Nutty. Toasted hazelnuts. A full layer of liquorice.

A whisky so well knitted. The most oaky and least floral of the range of Glenlivet. But age and a particular selection of casks has achieved a distinguished maturity, almost intimidating. Sherry notes give depth to the distillery character and a cakey sweetness. Aromas are perfectly melted, especially when The Glenlivet 21 Year Old is enjoyed without water. Wood is well integrated but firmly frames the aromatic palette. A very special dram to enjoy with dark chocolate and let pleasure linger late in the night.



Category(s):     Single Malt Whisky
Group(s):     21 Year Old Scottish Malt Whisky
Producer: Glenlivet Distillery   -   www.theglenlivet.com
ABV:   40%
Age:   21 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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