Review: The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

18 Years; first and second fill bourbon and sherry casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenlivet (Ballindaloch, Scotland)

This Glenlivet uses 12-13% sherry casks with the rest likely ex-bourbon. It is put together quite well, and doesn't cost that much relative to other well aged Scotches - not a bad intro to older Scotches (as would be the Glenfiddich 18 also).

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Apple, malt, vanilla, lemon, and light oak all hanging nicely in balance together with a bit of earthy barley and some butter. On the palate, a bit of spicy tannin alongside a malty and honey-laden body that fades nicely out with oak, apple juice, vanilla, dried ginger, and faint woody spices. The finish is nicely held together with oak, citrus pith, barley, and apple. In the end, you are left with a bit of dry tannin - this drops the score a point because the tannins aren't quite balanced with flavour to make the effect positive, but, rather, it is a bit neutral to my taste.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $120.