The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

The Glenlivet

15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

(0.75l, 40%)


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$79.99
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If Whisky was a fine Scotsman like William Wallace, or Sean Connery.

George Smith was running an illegal still on the estate of the Duke of Gordon in the wee early 1800’s. The good old Duke ... ahem ... may or may not have been aware of the illicit operation in exchange for a personal supply. When the Duke helped sponsor legislation in 1823 that made Whisky distilling legal in the UK, it just so happens that George Smith was the first one granted a license. Now legal and above board, he naturally named his “new” business after the local parish—Glenlivet.

Today Glenlivet is one of the “Big Three” single malt producers, being #1 in the United States and #2 worldwide. Their Whiskies are officially “Speyside,” meaning that they are Highland malts produced along the river Spey, and the water for the Whisky mash comes somewhat famously from “Josie’s Well.” Glenlivet produces Whiskies in a variety of ages and wood-matured combinations, and the remaining spirit not bottle as part of their Glenlivet lineup is considered an indispensable component in some of the most famous blends.

Remember that scene in Braveheart where William Wallace “spends the night” with the lovely French princess in the woods and afterwards she discovers her soul and strength? This Whisky is their love-child.

It’s all about the, um ... the wood. Commonly, Scotch Whiskies are aged in “seasoned” barrels— former Bourbon and wine casks for example. This is great, but not for this Whisky.

Glenlivet French Oak Reserve is matured in new, French, Limousin-Oak barrels—the same barrels used for Cognac and Armagnac, so do not be surprised by a similar complexity and character. “Limousin” is the root of the word “Limousine” (and yes, there is a party in the back). It takes 15 years to squeeze the flavor out of this refined Whisky—not a day less—and it’s definitely worth the long, luxurious ride.


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  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Bottler
    The Glenlivet
  • Age
    15 Year Old

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Antique Gold, like your grandfather’s pocket watch

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Floral buttercream, and the distant aroma of roasting almonds

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Subtle and seductive, peaches and cream up front with buttery almonds and an almost Chardonnay- like oakiness

Finish
An oaky, playful, spicy bite ... the kind you want ... like Armagnac
Ratings & Reviews
Ryan
Ryan,
Distinct floral notes with cinnamon, pepper, citrus, and mango with a long creamy finish.
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Amazingly smooth
Ryan
Ryan,
you always remember the first time. while nothing is perfect this was the smooth scotch that taught me the spirit isn't always a harsh drink. the name is accurate " the smooth flowing one" will always have this one on hand.
John
John,
Hard to imagine a much better drink at the price being asked
anonymous
anonymous,
Excellent
Alex
Alex,
LOVE!
anonymous
anonymous,
Honestly had higher expectations
Mark
Mark,
Greatness
Stefan
Stefan,
Delicous, one of my favourites.. easy to drink, great aftertaste
Gary
Gary,
Perfectly balanced and smooth
anonymous
anonymous,
Love this. Smokey with some oak. Bravo.
Jon
Jon,
A very interesting combination of American oak and European oak casks. Spicy dram with vanilla and wood spices...
Richard
Richard,
I got vanilla and oak on the nose. Cinnamon ice cream with caramel sauceon the palate. A little sherry at the end. It had a long and creamy finish. I really enjoyed this.
anonymous
anonymous,
One of my fav:)
Brad
Brad,
Buttery at the start of the bottle. Creamy spiciness to finish.
anonymous
anonymous,
Smokey and smooth.
Gregory
Gregory,
Very nice
Edward
Edward,
Awesome - beautiful flavour
anonymous
anonymous,
Very nice. Especially the aftertaste. Perfect in combination with some dark chocolate.
anonymous
anonymous,
Always hated scotch till I tried this.
Alejandro
Alejandro,
Thank you very much indeed for this pleasant moment of enjoyment.
anonymous
anonymous,
Decent whisky it's Carmel colored and chill filtered. I'd order it at a bar if it's all they had. Much better whisky out there.
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