One of the most popular single malts in the World.
In 1824 George Smith made a daring move and got a license to legally produce single malt Whisky. Needless to say, the neighbouring smugglers weren’t all too happy about it, so for protection he had to carry not one, but two guns at all times. Imagine that.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is one of the most popular (and best-selling) single malts in the World. It was matured in a mixture of casks made from American and European oak. Using the mineral rich water from Josie’s Well ensures the best possible result during mashing and fermenting to form flavours defining this Highland Scotch.
I've given this bottle a half a dozen chances and it still just tastes like slightly alcoholic water. It certainly has something on the nose. Notes of oak, a little bit of citrus and fruit, something like apple. Which is quite nice, I don't mean to discount the nose. But as soon as it hits my taste buds i'm just so disappointed. Vaguely tastes of oak. Barely even has a burn. That all said, I don't actively dislike it, i'm just very disappointed. A waste of $40 for what it is.
Great pricepoint if you can get it around $40. Apple overpowers the oakiness. Fairly smooth.
Great tasting whisky for the price. Bought a case and I’m down to 2 two bottles.
Like it for occasional drink. Bold taste will warm your belly
Really liked it, citrus, light floral and smoke
This is a wonderful goto scotch. Pricepoint is perfect for what the bottle delivers.
Heavy Apple, Honey, Vanilla.
I really enjoy this scotch. It's light and not Smokey, light on the oak. Sweet and hints of Apple and pear, maybe a hint of citrus. Not very complex...good for mixing or easy drinking. Good bar stock.
Like. No smoke. no heat. Smooth ... No ice
This is my first bottle of Scotch, definitely my favorite whisky so far.
My go-to sipping scotch. A bit spicy but good
one of my favorites
Smooth and light bite. More of a beginner whiskey
Beautiful color that generates an appetite with an added splash of tranquility. Sophisticated notes and a balance finish.
Solid, particularly for the price. Good everyday drinker. Mostly sweet vanilla on the nose, similar on the palate with some added honey and oak. Finish is a light spice, cinnamon flavor. Didn’t care for it as much when I added water, became more one dimensional
Almost as good as the private reserve
Very good, but shy of great. Would happily drink many of these.
Honey sweet and very smooth, but relatively complex. Not fumey at all, so drink it neat. Would highly recommend if you’re just getting into whisky and want something easy to get you started.
Smooth great finish
I love this! It is smooth, spicy, and a go to when aiming to be sophisticated in professional settings.
Just so-so, i would never buy it but I'll drink it when someone else has it and offers and sadly this is the best many people get.
There's enough of a hint of smoke to keep it interesting for me. But this is the drink that makes me cringe when I see "apple juice" listed as a flavor or described in taste profile, I immediately think of this underwhelming dram and imagine the same for whatever it is i'm looking into.
Smooth and affordable single malt, only way to drink it is straight up
Smells nice, just too “harsh” for me to enjoy it.
Shocked. Shocked I tell you. I figured this to be just another niche offering from Glenlevit and it turned out to be EASILY the best of their readily available scotches.
Crisp, fruity, juicy, sweet with a hint of cinnamon.
Had it with some red snapper and peach sorbet and it set off the entire meal like fireworks.
Will definitely get again.
Nice smooth flavor, good for nice evening
Good basic scotch. Has a bit of alcohol burn, but smooth
Great to sip neat! Very smooth finish
One of the favorites.
I am just getting into whiskey tasting and this was a great first purchase.
good taste, let it rest for a few minutes; good for the price
Good but with a splash of sparkling water
Very good for a single malt scotch whisky (I'm a dark rye fan)
A good taste without too much smoke.
It’s ok. A bit stringent on the finish. Not nearly as good as the Macallan.
This was my first real "sofisticated adult" tasting of scotch, and let me just say the bar has been set high for the others I'll eventually try. On the sweeter side for sure, no burn, and oh so smooth. Noticeable smell and taste of honey, I look forward to my next pour!
Mild peat and smoke. Somewhat complex with a decent linger. Great daily drinker.
Great Scotch. Nose is sweet and rich. Taste is smooth with a bit of brine on the back of the tongue.
Sharpish alcohol flavor. Rounded with notes of honey and the lighter flavors associated with American oak. A decent single malt.
Standard go to whisky
It’s not a bad starter scotch or if you need a more cost effective go to
My introduction to Scotch, enjoyable but a bit rough, touch of medicine initially.
Simply the smoothest, lightest and best tasting spirit I have ever tasted.
I tried to like this whisky but after multiple drams, still can’t find anything distinctive about its taste. I found the taste monotonous and vaguely fruit but the finish oddly harsh. Plenty of others love this as a daily sip but it really didn’t work for me.
Very sippable scotch. Very little bite and subtle flavors make it very easy to enjoy neat. Quickly becoming my new every-day sipper.
This is my go to scotch when money is tight. It is actually the reason I fell in love with scotch in the first place.
Great whisky all around. Smooth as its name claims. Great in a hot toddy, great over ice, and great on its own. One of my go-tos.
One of my first whisky's. It will always have a special place in my heart.
This is my go-to whisky. I can drink it neat, on ice, with a splash of water. It is a smooth, softly peated Scotch that is a wonderful welcoming to the world of Scotch. There's a reason it's famous.
First try was great, it has a very pleasant aroma to it and a sweet vanilla taste. Neat is the way to go here
An excellent, straightforward scotch, perfect for introducing the uninitiated. It was my very first scotch, and I was grateful all the way through.
Pleasant. Sweet, floral, ashy towards the finish.
Velvet-smooth. The Scotch that made me realize that I don't particularly like Bourbon, and that not all whiskys are created equal.
The most one dimensional bottle I've ever had
Silky smooth and tasteful
The original "go to" and my beginnings in Scotch. It's price and availability make it an easy choice but the taste is still there. Cleaner than other scotches but with still the aged deepness that relaxes you after a good meal or just a good day.
Nice dram but the alcoholic taste is the overwhelming flavor.
Very light, creamy mouthfeel, smooth finish, sweet, excellent beginner scotch
Apple Juice-y. Good Go-to.
Sweet nose, pretty smooth to sip. I add a little ice - very drinkable. As others say, good go-to for basic scotch.
Ripe and juicy apples and applewood on the nose! The palate is a little soft, showing honey, vanilla, and apricot notes. Decent but not spectacular.
Nose is sweet. Pineapple was on the forefront followed by sweet fruit and vanilla. As it sat longer the vanilla tones continued to rise. First sip was smooth with a light mouth feel. As it went down the pure sweetness of the drink rose throughout. You could taste the honey, vanilla, and sweet fruit as it remained on the palate when finished. It’s a new go-to.
Unfortunately my throat pretty much closed when this hit it, seems I'm allergic to something in it. What little I did taste was terrible though, definitely not for me
my go-to scotch. a couple ice cubes to unlock it, and cut the bite.
The standard for scotch
There is a reason it’s a classic. That’s all I can say. I have never had the opportunity to try their more aged varieties, but am looking forward to when I do.
Very solid scotch, especially for the price tag. I will often use this to introduce scotch to someone who hasn't tried it.
I love this because of the drinkabiltiy / it’s low in tannins which means I can drink it all night.
Love this as a sipping scotch. Very smooth with a hint of warmth.
The Gold Standard for Single Malt Scotch in my opinion. I grew up pouring my father and his poker buddies doubles and triples of this stuff in every form - highball glasses w/Perrier and crystal clear ice, neat in a rocks glass, shots to chase pints of red ale with; you name it, I've seen people drink Glenlivet 12 year with it. There are definitely smoother Scotch whiskies and those which have been aged longer or cost more, but this is the one I always keep stocked in my bar. It's the working man's Single Malt, and it's fantastically versatile. I recommend it with soda (a pressurized Perrier is my preference), a lemon twist, and two large cubes for parties (oh, and a dash of bitters if the drinker actually likes Scotch). A great way to introduce people to Single Malt without potentially wasting an expensive shot, and a light after taste that won't sting or bite the taste buds. Like I said, it's the Gold Standard.
Makes a great intro to scotch
Perfect balance and smooth start to finish.
easy to sip, very enjoyable for the price
Good starter Scotch. First Scotch I ever bought. Slightly smokey, with a bit of peat but does not have the Iodine smell or taste the some others have.
Hey, it's a scotch! Glenlivet 12 year is a standard but for a good reason. A fruity scotch (no peat here) that tastes more alcoholic than it is. Actually, that's the main thing detracting from this younger variety. The overwhelming alcohol flavor overpowers much of what makes Glenlivet delicious and you'll be left wondering what was there that left such a great aftertaste.
Glenlivet was my 4th Highland Scotch I tried, and it quickly became one of my staples. A fantastic scotch, that's smooth and sippable.
I enjoy this scotch.
I was surprised how much I liked this scotch. I’m normally a very peaty and smoky flavor guy. Almost anything from Islay. This is none of those, but tastes great. I will revisit this one again...
Really smooth, great for sipping.
Not bad. Drinkable and simple
I like the aroma (oak, hint of fruit) of the whisky, the flavor profile, and the bead effect. The whisky is a great spirit to introduce new whisky drinkers too, especially whisky's from Speyside. With that being said, there are better whiskies out on the market. But you can never go wrong having this in your stable.
I am still new to scotch, but I do like this one, it is not heavy and woodsy or oaky like a lot of less aged scotch, and it is reasonably priced.
Very smooth makes me think of the CEO who keeps this bottle in his desk
A nice basic scotch. Nothing that sparks a wow factor but very drinkable. I will always be content with a glass.
I dig this scotch. Simple. But done excellently.
Not quite as smooth as expected but 2/3rds of it has disappeared down my gullet already so it must be doing something right!
That was good but not as good as the 20 years old Scotch I drank in Germany almost 30 years ago.
This is my go to scotch when I am on the road. Great drink that is available almost anywhere
It is a good scotch.
easy to drink, light, smooth and bitter
Very good everyday single malt
This is my Step-mom's families go to and there is always plenty at my Dad's house. It is a good standard scotch that is drinkable, but I prefer Oban.
Easy drinking as far as whisky goes. Leaves a little 'fire' after each sip.
Easy to drink. Good to keep on hand,
Great as go-to drink
Very enjoyable but I would spend the extra for the 15 YO
Nice to Have on hand
I finally found a scotch that fits the hype.
just like a whiskey has to be, smooth, light and full of charakter.
This is a staple at my bar. Can't go wrong.
Nice and light
For the price, I love this one. I love the fruit notes that come through.
Great - smooth, warm, refreshing
Good all around single malt. Smooth.
Smell little mint. Taste honey with smoky fruits.
Smooth at first with slow, small warm. Vanilla, fruity nose.
Clean with a drop of water and sweet
Good introduction. Very simple not much there.
Very smooth, with just a drop of ice water, to compliment the after tones....
Simply the best for the price
A bit harsher than I cared for. The apple notes came very late for me and most flavors were overpowered by almost metallic burn.
You may find it anywhere they sell Scotch, but it is a fine go to and I am never at home without it. Fruity, nice burn, vanilla and floral.
Fruity, floral and vanilla...
Though sweet and fruity like most Speys, a bit harsh down the neck. Popular selling dram you can find just about anywhere, nothing special.
It is a good everyday scotch. Definitely one of the bottles I always keep in my bar.
Tried and true favorite, budget-friendly with near-perfect balance of spice, subtle burn, and a hint of sweet in nose, palette, and finish, consistently satisfying, and will always recommend. Their long-standing history of crafting single malt scotch alone should be a testament to the consistently delightful results in anything labeled Glenlivet. For the price, I challenge you to find a more complex and lasting finish than this.
Не моя тема. Водянистый. Конечно фрукты и все такое. Но можно больше не брать.
A widely available whisky for a reason. It's flavorful but not overpowering. It's a nice simple sipping dram, behaving much more like a bourbon than a scotch in terms of drinkability. Not peaty but a hint of smoke is pervasive. Lovely stuff.
Nothing fancy here, typically found in most bars.
Intense apple that dominates. Extremely smooth.
Fairly smooth, fruits, short finish.
very soft and tasty.
Beautifully crafted light single malt whisky. I have been drinking this expression for 35 years. Always a delicious treat.
One of my favorite Scotch whiskies.
Very smooth, one of my favorites
Lemon peal, semi sweet nose. Soft palate; pineapple like flavors. Finish a little rough. Some hot alcohol burn. A very good 12 year speyside, but this region must not be my cup of tea.
it's sweetish and smooth after burn in the throat is a treat
Smells fruity, tastes smooth but can't taste the fruit.