The Glenlivet Cipher

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

This sample was bought from The Exclusive Dram – a company whose aim is “to allow anyone the chance to sample some of the most unique and expensive whiskys without breaking the bank!”


Pale gold.


Sweet – treacle and honey. Sherry note with dried fruit (raisins). Pears and green apples. Spice – ginger and cinnamon. Also a faint hint of liqourice.


Sweet as with the nose – honey, toffee and a hint of vanilla. Fruit – definite pear but also apple and a hint of pineapple. Spice – cinnamon and nutmeg – I did also get a touch of ginger still but less than on the nose. Also some oak on the palate with a slight bitterness.


Sweet – honey and toffee but fading into fruits (pears and apples) and finally spice (more ginger and cinnamon).


Sweet, fruity and spicy. I really enjoyed this and the whole experience of unlocking the cipher. Although I wonder how much more I’d have enjoyed this if I’d just been drinking it instead of trying to find the right tasting notes for the interactive experience. This is a limited edition bottling and although you can still buy it the cost ranges from £135 up to £250 so it’s not cheap. It has a lot to offer though and I’d happily drink this again – in fact I still have some of my sample left over to try another time. You can get your own sample from The Exclusive Dram here.


Tasting notes taken from The Glenlivet website.

Pale gold.

A fusion of boiled sweets, vanilla, honey, raspberry jam with moist raisins and spicy liquorice.

A combination of poached pears, honey, cinnamon, honeycomb candy, caramel toffee and a bit of dark chocolate ginger sweets.

Long with a warm spiciness.

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