Glenlivet 15
Added on Saturday, Nov 15, 2008 at 09:15 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $40 Availability: Wide
Finished for 9 months in new French oak.
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Citrus and oak.
P: Reminds me of licking the frosting off the wood kitchen spoon my Mom used when making cakes.  First you get the sweetness, but after you've cleared off the frosting you start to get that bitter wood taste.
F: Same continues in the finish.
I think the tannic wood notes are a bit much, I'd be interested to know what 3 or 6 months in the new French Oak tastes like.  
Aroma is very vanilla and oaky.  Palate is gently fruity and easy-drinkin', yet still quite flavorful.  Interesting sideshows of spice, along with something I can't describe. 
Hmmm....not really sure if this needed additional vanilla added at the end of its career....  The citrus hints were interesting so it made it different, which is what I suppose they are going for....Probably not worth the extra cash over the 12 year. 

Nose is nutmeg and dried fruit.  The palate is more spicy than the 12 with cinnamon. The finish is nice and long. I think this may be the best of the basic Glenlivets.  Maybe a B+.




N: Sweet, light vanilla and wood. Gently spicy - reminds me of a pumpkin pie. A little peppermint also. 


P: Buttery mouthfeel. Gentle wood influence, ripe fruit, mild spice, light vanilla and butter with some general maltiness underneat it all.


F: Pretty quick and light. Mildly spicy, light vanilla, moderate wood with slight toffee influence and some maltiness.


It's light and sweet, pleasing and not overbearing. Desserty.  

Sweet and light with fruits and caramel.  More of the wood comes through on the palate with pears, grapes and citrus. 

n: honey, angel food cake with hard frosting. Slight citrus and green apples with a touch of cinnamon.


t: Starts thin and sweet with orange glaze frosting. In the middle it turns to green grass and some notes of spice appear. Finishes dry oak with vanilla and black tea.


I compared the current release (clear bottle) to the previous release (green bottle) and found the green bottle to have more flavour and depth. The differences were subtle, but side-by-side it is apparent that the casks they are currently using don't have as much influence on the spirit.


[clear bottle B-/B.]

[green bottle B]


n:  Faint and pencil-like


p:  Mueselix (sp?)  cereal and twigs

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