The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16yo Single Malt Scotch: Since the beginning of the year we’ve looked at This Guardians Chapter (no age statement) single malt from The Glenlivet which was given the name ‘Exotic’ due to its tropical notes and this beautiful 21yo Archive. Today we are featuring one of the most unique Glenlivet’s of them all. This 16yo Gallow Hill is exclusive to the Whisky Shop. Matured in a hogshead cask and one of approx. 250 bottles, the name is taken from the hill above the The Glenlivet distillery where the local gallows used to be. On the nose: you’ll experience beautiful sweet floral notes, swiftly followed by suggestions of lavender and maraschino cherries. Notes of vanilla will start to emerge followed by cloves, fresh pears, apricots and marzipan. On the palate: those sweet apricot notes will hit you, along with the maraschino cherries. Those floral notes of lavender will start to filter through, followed by cloves, cinnamon and some peppery notes. To complete the all-round palate notes are some smokey oak notes. The finish: is medium to long, sweet, with lingering smoke.
The verdict: This exclusive 16-year-old Gallow Hill Glenlivet, is a superb drop. Well-balanced with lots of subtleties that are well married, offering you a beautiful warm but yet fresh dram of Glenlivet goodness. This Gallow Hill Scotch brings even more variety to an ever wide Glenlivet range. For me, probably not a dram I’d add water to but if required, then only add a small amount. I found when left to sit for around 10 – 15 minutes the nose and palate really opened up.
The Glenlivet Gallow Hill 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch (Single Cask Edition) Whisky can be found online at The Whisky Shop for approximately £235
For more information on the Gallow Hill Single Cask Edition Single Malt Scotch, check out the official Glenlivet website.