The Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill

(0.75l, 40%)


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$44.99
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A Single Malt pleasure to the eye, nose, and palate.

George Smith was running an illegal still on the estate of the Duke of Gordon in the wee early 1800’s — who he supplied with the occasional dram. The Duke sponsored legislation in 1823 that made whiskey distilling legal in the UK, it just so happens that George Smith was the first one granted a license. Today Glenlivet is one of the "Big Three" Single Malt producers. Their Whiskies are Speyside and the water for the mash comes famously from "Josie’s Well" nearby. Glenlivet produces a wide variety of Single Malt agings and cask combinations, with the remaining spirit an indispensable component in some of the most famous blends.

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill is normally a Travel Retail exclusive — meaning that you could previously only buy it in airports and on cruise ships. So it’s not surprising that die-hard Glenlivet fans haven’t tasted it yet. What sets the 12 yo "First Fill" apart is that — although it’s common to reuse casks many times — all of the Whisky has been aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks. It makes the flavors more intense. Treating the masterful Glenlivet Single Malt this way results in a truly impressive aroma and texture for a complete Single Malt experience. 

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First-class Whisky is taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Bursting with stone fruits and autumn harvests with florals and honey.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sultanas, vanilla, more florals, and a hint of ginger.

Finish
Dry and clean with a lingering spice element.
Ratings & Reviews
Brian
Brian,
Great for the price.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
The greatest inexpensive single malt. My staple spirit.
 
Steven
Steven,
Smooth and sweet and awesome
 
Arjun
Arjun,
It has a stronger flavor than the regular 12 year old single malt. I like it to change the pallet from the regular 12 year old Glen.
 
Mitchell
Mitchell,
In truth, it was not significantly better than “regular” Glenlivet 12. I also found this bottle to be overpriced - it is available much cheaper from local shops. It had some extra flavor due to the first fill but, as I said, not enough difference for the price.
 
guest
guest,
Great flavor, unique with sort of a Smokey flavor, warm but smooth
 
John
John,
My go to everyday evening drink
 
James
James,
It was just okay. I didnt taste any Carmel or vanilla but did taste the oak. I would not purchase it again.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Go to Drink
 
Richard
Richard,
I am primarily a bourbon man. So I am new to the scotch tasting experience. I find this Scotch to be very enjoyable. It is smooth and has a nice balance between smoke and Peat. It mixes well and makes a very good godfather. I look forward to tasting in testing more of the Scotch like this. It has a very nice finish. I have also enjoyed Dalwhinnie And we be happy with either one of these.
 
Jodi
Jodi,
Always a go too. Stiff drink. People get easily impressed 😉
 
David
David,
Wow wow wow just exactly the first thing I said as I smelled it and took a zip out off it Smokey spicy apple fruity smooth its amazing
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very smooth single malt. The nose was very cherry heavy to me personally. Its flavor was sweet at first but quickly developed into heavy oak, I imagine due to this being a first fill as opposed to being matured in something like a sherry cask. The end was a little savory along with the oak. Very interesting and very good. Highly recommend.
 
Justin
Justin,
All around great scotch. Not much for smells, but great mild smokey flavor and fruit.
 
Kent
Kent,
Smooth, flavorful, not that interesting though... with a hint of chemically aftertaste.
 
Liz
Liz,
Standard speyside with nothing unexpected.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Smooth with a nice finish
 
Seth
Seth,
Smooth and Smokey with a decent amount of peat. It’s what scotch should taste like. It’s a great scotch in the price range but definitely not as good as the special releases.
 
Mitchell
Mitchell,
By far my favorite liquor
 
Miguel
Miguel,
Sweet and easy to drink. One of my favorites
 
Scott
Scott,
its ok
 
Tom
Tom,
Smokey but not very noteworthy otherwise. At least no negative after taste.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Easy drinking speyside. Great with dinner or just after.
 
Mark
Mark,
Honey flavors light on the nose
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Sooooooo drinkable
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Great for whiskey sours
 
Jared
Jared,
This is my go to scotch when money is tight.
 
Demetrios
Demetrios,
Like it for utility scotch
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Love it
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Pronounced alcohol aroma, initial alcohol bite and some lingering bite after swallowing. Slight peat. Drinkable but not my favorite, cheap enough though.
 
John
John,
This is a great whisky but the going price is $25 $35
Jared
Jared,
Your thinking of the regular Glenlivet 12. This is a "first fill" bottle.
guest
guest,
Very smooth. Preferred on the rocks. Fairly priced.
 
Tyson
Tyson,
Subtle flavors, seems light and playful.
 
Dora
Dora,
Liked it
 
Steven
Steven,
Smooth with a delicious flavor.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Great standard scotch. A solid house whiskey.
 
guest
guest,
It’s good!!! 🥃
 
Kirit
Kirit,
Just
 
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