Review 503: Glenlivet Livet 14 Year

glenlivet14linetThis 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.

Distillery:The Glenlivet
Region:Speyside
Location:Ballindalloch, Banffshire
Owner:Pernod Ricard
Founded:1824
Status:Active
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
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Glenlivet Distillery - Single Cask Edition for Germany
Age:14 Year
ABV (% Alc):59.4%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:+/- 1999-2000
Bottle date:25-02-2014
Vintage:N/a
Maturation:Sherry Butt
Cask number:65599
Bottle number:450 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Pale gold.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
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.

Marks:
  • 8.4/10
    Smell: - 8.4/10
  • 8.3/10
    Taste: - 8.3/10
  • 8/10
    Finish: - 8.0/10
8.2/10

Conclusion:

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.