We’ve looked at our fair share of The Glenlivet Scotch and you can read those tasting notes here, here, here and here. However, this dram is a little something for that special occasion. Glenlivet have used some of their rarest whiskies, all of which have been aged for at least 25 years, to make this batch-produced whisky that is finished in ex-sherry butts. Their team of experts individually select each cask and monitor the whisky in its finishing process to make sure the Oloroso-soaked wood adds the subtlest sherry tones to an intense, silky and elegant whisky. This molten amber liquid is nearly as splendid to hold in your hand as it is to drink. The nose and palate of this 25-year-old expression really tickles your senses. This opulent whisky, which is the oldest expression in The Glenlivet’s core range, is just something that extra special.
On the nose: you’ll be welcomed by sweet notes of currants, sultanas, vanilla and a lovely waft of morello cherries. This is closely followed by spices, cinnamon and caramelised apples. After a few swirls, notes of dried herbs, dark chocolate and flavours of a nutty nature start to emerge. Rounding off the nose are intense woody notes, aniseed and a hint of orange zest. On the palate: those initial sweet notes of currants and sultanas are ever-present, coupled with vanilla notes. Notes of toffee start to filter through, alongside dark chocolate, pears, raspberries and marzipan. More fruity notes of apricots and peaches start to appear, balanced out with cinnamon, nutmeg and peppery notes. The palate has a lovely oily, yet creamy texture, which is nicely rounded off by a whisper of walnuts. The finish: is long, rich and peppery, with lingering nuttiness and bergamot.
The verdict: One of my favourite got to drams has to be Glenlivet’s 18-year-expression, so of course I had high expectations – it didn’t disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicate yet complex this 25-year-old expression was. It is nicely balanced with rich notes that keep you going back for more. With an ABV of 43% , it’s definitely a whisky that doesn’t really need any water but if you want to unlock the plethora of notes available, then only add a few drops. Just allowing it to breathe for around 10 minutes really did make a difference without adding any water.
The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shops for approximately £350
For more information on this 25-year-old expression, check out the official Glenlivet website.