The Glenlivet 12 year


I wanted to kick off my whisky tasting notes with a well established staple of the Scottish single malt world. Despite being a staple of the Scottish single malt world it took several years of whisky drinking for me to actually get around to trying this dram and I probably wouldn’t have got around to trying it if it weren’t part of a masterclass at Whisky Birmingham 2015 run by The Birmingham Whisky Club.

It was the first dram handed out in the Beginners Guide to Whisky Masterclass and was a good start off for the day.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience. as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.


Pale gold verging on a deep white wine.


Sweet, hints of caramel. Strong fruit scent, pear with possibly a hint of apricot.


Sweet and fruity flavour. Picking up pear again with possible pineapple notes. Quite creamy reminiscent of caramel.


Long lasting, creamy and sweet.


Despite being a world best seller I didn’t find this to be an exceptional malt. Interesting, flavoursome and good for someone new to whisky but not my first choice (although I do have a couple of bottles of this tucked away now).


A couple of drops of water opened up this dram immensely.

The number 1 selling malt in the U.S. and a best seller world-wide. Interestingly though this particular malt has now been removed from some of the more “well established markets” such as the U.K. and Germany. Prior to stocks running out I quickly went a picked up a couple of bottles while I could still get my hands on it easily.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I did the same – grabbed myself a bottle for future nostalgia purposes. It’s rather perplexing that Glenlivet can just stop producing a product as popular as this. One of the reasons I loved it was that it was so reliable. Well. Not any more… Great review BTW!
    Keep on waffling,


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