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The Glenlivet 12 year whisky in the old green bottles disappeared back in 2015, but it’s back and now with new packaging to match the rest of their line. It was one of the most popular whiskies for quite a while and it’s back and ready to take that mantle again. Claimed to be the same exact recipe as when they used to make it, they also added the name “Double Oak” to it’s label. Now much like other Glenlivet’s, it is produced on a mass scale so it’s not considered by many to be a true “premium” single malt, but this isn’t a blog for snobs, this is a blog for people who just want to learn more about scotch, and a scotch that is available at most bars is a great place to start! The 12 year is first aged in European Oak casks and then moved to American Oak casks which gives the whisky its “distinctive smoothness”.
Preparation: As with all scotches, the smell and first sip are “neat”; meaning no ice, water or any other mixer, just the whisky on its own. After that I added a little bit of water for subsequent sips, and finally to get the entire range of flavors, I added ice in the last few sips.
Smell: Very light and floral aromas, along with some minor notes of citrus as well. Slight singe to the nose based on the alcohol content, and the alcohol smell is rather strong but not overpowering.
Palate: A very light floral taste as well, with some dry malt on the back end. Some hints of vanilla in follow up sips as well. Not as strong of a burn as I expected based on the smell, and overall very smooth.
Finish: This has a very long finish with the dry malt sticking around for quite a while. There were also some citrus notes sticks around as well, but they were definitely secondary to the malt.
With Ice: The ice takes away what little harshness was left and really brings out the malt as the front and center flavor. The notes of citrus are almost gone and the previous vanilla notes are now dulled quite a bit. The ice also seems to increase the length of the finish as well, as I noted the malt flavor seemed to stick around a little longer than during the neat sips.
Overall: Glenlivet will likely never be one of the top rated scotches of the year, but it will consistently be one of the top sellers, so you get what you expect. A very familiar and light flavor that is not too harsh, but also not very adventurous or exciting. If you know someone who ”just likes scotch” they’ll likely drink this with no complaints, and honestly I don’t have any complaints either. It’s perfectly fine for what it is, a standard single malt for anyone who just wants to know what a regular, not cheap, not premium, standard scotch tastes like.
Cask: European &
Color: Yellow Gold
Age: 12 years