I quite often do a few sample swops with other bloggers and friends and the latest person to join in with this is a chap I met on one of the whisky forums, having done a blind tasting on the first swop I requested a little info this time ( you don’t want to look silly too often ) so when the package arrived I was quite happy to have a Springbank, Glenturret and this Glenlivet 17 yo.. Now I assume it’s not a official bottle as I’m not aware of any cask strength 17yo release but I could be wrong so I will assume it is an independent bottling, it looks natural colour and and has an abv of 55.7%..
Glenlivet is a global brand and can produce some cracking whisky, just look at the Nadurra range and the lovely easy drinking 12yo ( Discontinued in UK ) Located in Speyside in the beautiful countryside and rolling hills.. Founded back in 1824 the distillery is one of Scotlands best known names in single malt.. Taking water from “Josie’s well ” to feed the 14 stills and 10.5 million Ltrs of pure alcohol produced per year.
Nose.. Starts off quite sweet and full of fresh and stewed fruits, lots of honey, toffee and caramel. Citrus peel, marzipan and digestive biscuits balance out the sweetness along with a little cinnamon and gentle oak.
Palate.. Again the sweetness carries through with an added spicy kick, a fair bit of oak and those fresh fruits still command a little attention.
Finish.. Lingering spice and oak.
Thoughts.. This goes along the same lines as the 16yo Nadurra ( Bourbon cask ) in that it delivers everything you would expect without compromise. The fruity side compliments the spices and sweetness rather well.. I could certainly drink a lot more of this one..
Thanks once again to John ( @jwbassam ) for the sample swop and bottle picture..