Review 503: Glenlivet Livet 14 Year
This is the 6th whisky of the 2nd edition (2016) of the Whisky ProefOlympics (tasting Olympics) a blind tasting competition based in The Netherlands. Yet again a new whisky for me. One that is far outside my budget. But thats the fun of competitions like this: you get the change to taste something you normally wouldn’t buy.
BTW: I have tasted this blind. Well let’s see how this one performed in my glass.
What they write about it:
Well nothing, I couldn’t find this bottle at the official site. But at some shop sites the write: A 14 year old Single Cask (sherry butt) Edition called Livet. A limited edition especially for Germany with 450 bottles.
|Water Source:||Josie's Well|
|Stills:||7 Wash Stills|
7 Spirit Stills
|Capacity:||10.500.000 Liter of pure alcohol per year.|
|Expression:||Glenlivet Livet 14 Year|
|Bottled by:||Glenlivet Distillery - Single Cask Edition for Germany|
|ABV (% Alc):||59.4%|
|Phenols (smoke):||0 ppm on barley|
|Distillation date:||+/- 1999-2000|
|Bottle number:||450 Bottles|
A sweet, rich and balanced whisky with aromas of apple, pear, dried fruits (plum, figs), grains, fennel seeds, cereals, honey, old books, vanilla, caramel, dried flowers, toffee, fudge, sultanas, peach, cinnamon, earthy tones, gooseberries, custard, lemon zest, marzipan, hint of coffee, cookies and old oak.
A powerful, full, and intense whisky with aromas of pepper, honey, red apple, unripe pears, dried fruits (sultanas, figs, plums, apricots), citrus (lemon zest, orange peels, tangerine), floral tones, butter, winegums, dried flowers, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and subtle allspice), subtle tannins and spicy oak.
A medium, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of pepper, forest honey, citrus, winegums, herbal tea, roasted almonds, subtle tannins and a hint of oak.
- Smell: - 8.4/108.4/10
- Taste: - 8.3/108.3/10
- Finish: - 8.0/108/10
Well they state it from a sherry butt, but I couldn’t find the sherry in this one, yes there are some spices and dried fruits but sherry? Nope couldn’t find that. This feels more like an ex-bourbon barrel (that might or might not have had some sherry in it for a few day’s (sorry for this cynical note, but thats my feeling). The price tag for this dram can be called very challenging (at best). This current price (June 2016) is starting at a whooping €249,90 (up to €299,90)
All in all a nice sip with an hefty and challenging price tag.