Glenlivet 17 Cask Strength

Glenlivet 17 Cask Strength
Photo by John – Link to his Instagram in article below.

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

On the 26th July 2017 I took part in the third of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.

To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our next live tasting will be taking place later this year – stay tuned for more information.


Before you read about the whisky I’d like to make mention of the stunning picture at the top of this article – the picture is by John who supplied this sample and who also takes some amazing whisky photos! I highly recommend checking him out on Twitter and Instagram.


Light gold.


Initial alcohol blast (it is a cask strength after all) then fruity and sweet. Powdered sugar, vanilla and maybe a touch of fudge?


Oak and spice – ginger in particular. Then that powdered sugar sweetness and fruit, in particular strawberries.


Oak, slightly nutty and maybe a touch of smoke. Spice rises but dies down to leave icing sugar sweetness again.


Get past the initial alcohol blast and this is a really good sweet and fruit dram, with spice notes that work really well with everything else going on. Good luck getting your hands on this one though as it seems to be sold out everywhere online!


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