The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old is a single malt Scotch whisky, part of the core range from one of the most iconic, and historically paramount Speyside distilleries in Scotland.
One of the first ever Speyside Distilleries to obtain a license, The Glenlivet Whisky is a brand credited as the ‘single malt that started it all’. It is one of the world’s highest selling single malt whiskies, and the 18-Year-Old, among other expressions from the brand, have historically been great performers at whisky tasting competitions worldwide.
History of the Glenlivet 18
The very first pages of The Glenlivet’s history begin with founder George Smith’s resolve to create a single malt whisky that would not just be a single malt whisky, but THE single malt whisky. The story of The Glenlivet began in 1822 when the world had yet not foreshadowed the arrival of a single malt whisky that would single handedly redefine whisky making forever.
George Smith succeeded not only when it came to delivering a drink that soon became renowned by its reputation, but also when it came to becoming the first licensed distillery in the Speyside. For this, the other illicit distillers in the region made constant threats against Smith, and his distillery which made his resolve even stronger.
Instead of giving in to the threats, George Smith went about his business as usual but began to carry a pair of flintlock pistols on his person to prevent any ill-doings against him or the distillery where he indulged in his beloved craft.
This indomitable spirit, and the thirst for excellence propelled The Glenlivet brand towards success and continues to sustain it even today. After the passing of George Smith, his youngest son, John Gordon Smith took over the reins of the company in 1884, followed by his second great-nephew who took over in 1921.
The Glenlivet brand of single malt whiskies have long been revered as the quintessential Speyside whisky, and played a considerable part in the recognition of the Speyside as a separate whisky-making region with its own character and flavor notes.
Making Process of the Glenlivet 18
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old is matured in Oak barrels for a period of nearly 18 years before it is finished in ex-Sherry barrels from Spain. It was created by The Glenlivet Master Distiller Alan Winchester and has consistently been praised as a bold, elegant and well-balanced 18-Year-Old single malt.
Sherry is described as a type of dry wine, are aged in these barrels for a considerable amount of time, allowing the wine to soak deep into the wood as an exchange of flavors occurs slowly, over decades sometimes.
Whiskies aged in ex-Sherry barrels are known to absorb an array of flavors from the barrels which include nutty, dark chocolaty and fruity flavors. They also tend to be slightly darker in color which reflects perfectly in The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old, a warm amber/apricot colored single malt whisky packed with a tantalizing nose and intense flavors.
Alcohol Percentage of the Glenlivet 18
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old single malt Scotch carries an alcohol strength of 43%, slightly higher than the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
Awards of the Glenlivet 18
Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the Single Malts – 13 to 19 Years category in 2013.
Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch: Single Malt Speyside category in 2017.
Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside Single Malts 13 to 18 Years category in 2015.
Gold at the International Spirits Challenge in the Distillers’ Single Malts between 13 to 18 Years category in 2014.
Silver at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside Single Malts 13 to 18 Years category in 2014.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch: Single Malt Speyside category in 2013.
The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2014.
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old Tasting Notes
Rich, with aromas of toffee, some spice, dried fruits and nutty caramel.
Long, dry with spice, raisins and oakiness.
Balanced, fruity with honey sweetness, and some spiciness with a hint of herbs.
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Nàdurra, meaning “natural” in Gaelic, is The Glenlivet’s range of small-batch expressions made using traditional 19th-century techniques. The Nàdurra First Fill is drawn from casks made of American white oak which have never before been used to mature Scotch whisky. These oak casks, which distillers at The Glenlivet have favored since the early 1900s, impart hints of creamy vanilla to this wonderfully rich single malt. You’ll really taste the effects of that white oak, beautifully complemented by sweet pear, tropical pineapple, ripe banana, and citric sparkle. This is a cask-strength single malt that represents the skill of our team and the tradition of The Glenlivet. And unlike most modern whiskies, this one is non-chill filtered, so it’s very richly textured. It’s an expression that will appeal to the intrepid whisky lover.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky
The beginning of The Glenlivet Whisky can be traced back to 1822 when the foundations of the brand were laid by George Smith. Tucked among the valleys of the Speyside, George Smith employed patience and skill into developing what is known as the ‘single malt that started it all. The distinct taste that makes The Glenlivet one of the best whiskies to have ever been created, has remain unchanged over the years and is the product of their unique lantern shaped, long necked stills. These stills help achieve a single malt that is lighter, and smoother as compared to its contemporaries. The Glenlivet 12 is one of the most closely resembling whiskies developed by founder George Smith when he was perfecting the art of producing single malt scotch whisky at his distillery in the Speyside. Its color is a bright, vibrant gold and it is enclosed within a finely crafted bottle engraved with a seal that displays The Glenlivet brand’s year of origin.
The Glenlivet Whisky
The Glenlivet Distillery was the first distillery in Scotland to obtain a license in 1824 after the Excise Act of 1823 relaxed many restrictions on illicit distillation across the country. George Smith, the man who revolutionized the Scottish whisky industry with his new techniques of distillation is the founding father of The Glenlivet.
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky. The expression was released in 2014 and named in honour of The Glenlivet’s founder, George Smith. Master Distiller Alan Winchester is credited with creating this brilliant Speyside single malt, and he claims to have based the distillation of this whisky based on George Smith’s original methods of whisky making
The Glenlivet 15 Year Malt Scotch
Water, yeast and barley are the prime ingredients in the making of The Glenlivet Whisky, much like many Scotch whiskies. It is the history associated with the brand, and the commitment with which The Glenlivet is created, is what really sets it apart from others. With the expert techniques of the brand, a precise 200-year-old process of making whisky and maturation in French Limousin Oak, The Glenlivet 15-year-old has its own unique taste.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Malt
The Glenlivet legacy lives on in this incredibly sweet and smooth spirit, available exclusively in Travel Retail. The cornerstone of the range, the Master Distiller’s Reserve showcases the approach perfectly: the traditional oak casks represent the classic style of The Glenlivet (ripe pear, gentle summery notes), while first-fill American oak provides depth and creaminess (coconut, soft fudge). Finally, ex-sherry oak brings complexity and richness (dried fruit, spice). Maturation in three types of oak makes for three times the character. This bright and lively gold expression has pear and fudge on the nose and fruit and spice on the palate. To finish, it dazzles with hints of marzipan and hazelnut. Founded by George Smith, The Glenlivet has been crafted in the remote Livet Valley, at the heart of Scotland's Speyside region, since 1824. Initially, George Smith was a farmer who used to have illicit stills. In 1824, he founded the first legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, thus legalising the already famous illicit whisky from Scotland. He went on to establish the brand’s reputation as the best whisky on the market. In 1884, a court ruling officially gave George Smith's single malt the exclusive right to be called The Glenlivet. At the start of the 20th century, The Glenlivet became the favourite whisky for enthusiasts throughout the British Empire. Following the end of Prohibition in the United States, its reputation grew in America, with The Glenlivet quickly becoming the No.1 single malt in the USA – a position it continues to enjoy today. The Glenlivet owes its unique taste to a number of specific factors relating to its production and location. Indeed, the distillery is located in the Cairngorms National Park, at over 270 metres above sea level. According to weather records, it is considered to be the coldest place in Britain, characterised by strong winds and heavy snowfalls in winter. Water is drawn from Josie’s Well, a source of hard mineral water, which enables complex aromas to develop during the distillation process. Then, the lantern-shaped stills used for distilling give the spirit its outstanding balance and strong character. Lastly, a careful ageing process, particularly in American oak casks, gives The Glenlivet its full flavour.
The Glenlivet 21-Year-Old
The Glenlivet 21-Year-Old is a single malt whisky from the historic eponymous Speyside distillery, and is one of the oldest expressions from The Glenlivet Whisky brand. An excellent age, and a very well balanced and elegant expression from the brand, the 21-Year-Old is a highly-rated single malt Scotch while The Glenlivet brand itself is one of the most successful and bestselling single malt Scotches worldwide.
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