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Glenlivet #Alpha Tweet Tasting

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Glenlivet

Hello there,
Yesterday, we had another great tweet tasting with The Glenlivet and Steve from The Whisky Wire. To be honest I were not going to apply to this tasting because I had already tasted the Glenlivet 12, 15 and 18 ( oops, looks like I didn’t taste it ) and although Alpha was somewhat appealing I though I was just a marketing move.

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But I was offered a seat and who of you would reject free whisky, and what the hell, I really want to revisit the Glenlivet range. After touching the miniature of Alpha I started to get excited about the idea of such a mysterious whisky label and I have ordered one full-bottle for myself ( The Whisky Exchange is still stocking Alpha. One per client. )

So there I was with great whisky people and @The_Glenlivet to taste four Glenlivet whiskies: 12, 15, 18 years old and their latest addition Alpha.
There were so many people on the tweet tasting that it was really hard to drink, write and keep updated on the tasting.

It was a fantastic chance to revisit the good old Glenlivet 12 years old. I remember tasting it a few years ago and I wasn’t very impressed with it but on the other hand the 15 years old was much better ( different others say ).

So, the whiskies…

The Glenlivet 12 years old

Ok, first dram of the night. The entry level bottling of Glenlivet, this 12 years old malt could pass as a very good blended whisky. I really love the way it smells, of vanilla and fruits: like ripe pears, although everyone else says it smells of apples :P
Also it has a lovely touch of sherry on the palate, not much, just the tinyest hint of it.

“Light vanilla and toffee draqm with the tinyest aroma of sherry on the palate. Not bad at all, I like it”

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Glenlivet 12 year
One of the most famous malts in the world. A soft smooth balance of sweet summer fruits and the floral notes of spring flowers.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, spices, ripe pears.

Palate (86): light, smooth. honey, malt, vanilla, spices, candies, tobacco, wood.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, wood, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenlivet 12 year with 87 points over 100.

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The Glenlivet 15 years old

This second dram is a different beast, a better nose, more complex with lots of fruits and spices. If the palate would have been a bit more complex,…

“A nice step over the basic 12 years old Glenlivet and a great nose but the palate is a bit flat, maybe it it were more complex...”

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Glenlivet 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisk
A cut above the standard-issue 12yo, Glenlivet 15yo is finished, as the name suggests, in Limousin French Oak (the same kind that is used for many cognacs).

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): average. honey, vanilla, malt, peaches, apples, toffeem spices.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, spices, wood, cinnamon, floral, citrus.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, citrus, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenlivet 15 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisk with 88 points over 100.

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The Glenlivet 18 years old

Woo! Things are getting serious. I though I have tasted this 18 years old before but looks like it is my first time…, so familiar anyway. All the three drams so far has Glenlivet footprint on them.

“Serious stuff! Grade A whisky. Lovely nutty character with a sweet oak scense. A classic”

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The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
70cl / 43% / Distillery Bottling - A malt whisky of unmistakable honey-rich maturity and depth. Glenlivet 18yo is the winner of 2 gold medals in the International Wine and Spirit Competition (I.W.S.C.) and remains one of the best-value expressions of sherried Speyside.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, candies, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, toffee.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, wood, citrus, vanilla, spices, nuts.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, nuts, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Glenlivet 18 Year Old with 90 points over 100.

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Without being something awesome this 18 years old is pretty impressive with a great nose for a 18 years old whisky with lots of spices and toffee.

The Glenlivet Alpha

And finally, after so much expectation here it is Alpha. The premise with Alpha is that Glenlivet launched a single malt whisky bottled at 50% ABV and without any more information: nor color, nor tasting notes, nothing.

This whisky has done a lot of buzz around the blogsphere because people found it too polemical. Selling a whisky, and for a good big bill, without explaining anything at all. I have to say that the £100 pricetag is quite step, but anyway I bought one. My view on this is that Glenlivet must have bottled something fantastic here to dare selling it with no information because if in the end the whisky isn’t so good all the PR Campaign will backfire on them…still £100….

Also I realized that in fact most of the whiskies that I bought have been done in much the pretty same way: blind. No color, no tasting notes. Just age was there to give a little clue. Anyway, the whisky…

“Yep! I knew it! I got a good whisky! Does it worth £100? Not sure, but it is a great Glenlivet”

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The Glenlivet Alpha

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, citrus, orange, fruits, mango, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, smoke.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, spices, cinnamon, wood, liquorice, citrus, nuts.

Finish (91): longer than average. honey, spices, cinnamon, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Glenlivet Alpha with 91 points over 100.

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Miguel says…

It has been a great tasting. I have to say that I really haven’t enjoyed the three first Glenlivet as I should just because my mind was on the Alpha stuff. Anyway, it has been a real pleasure to retaste 12 years old and discover the magnifique Glenlivet 18 years old, a good old whisky with still a decent price.

So what I think of Alpha? Well, I bought a bottle much as a bet that they have bottled something awesome here and I think they have really done it… still £100 for a 15-17 years old ( my guess! ) whisky bottled at 50% ABV is a big step but if it works for Highland Park, Macallan or Bruichladdich why not for the Glenlivet.

What do you think of all this premiumnisation of whisky and their limited releases? Have you bought any of late?



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