The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

The Glenlivet

15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

(0.75l, 40%)

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If Sean Connery was a whiskey.

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 whiskey 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 whiskeys are officially “Speyside,” meaning that they are Highland malts produced along the river Spey, and the water for the whiskey mash comes somewhat famously from “Josie’s Well.” Glenlivet produces whiskeys 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 whiskey is their love-child.

It’s all about the, um ... the wood. Commonly, Scotch whiskeys are aged in “seasoned” barrels— former bourbon and wine casks for example. This is great, but not for this whiskey. 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 whiskey—not a day less—and it’s definitely worth the long, luxurious ride.

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

An oaky, playful, spicy bite ... the kind you want ... like Armagnac

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  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    The Glenlivet
  • Bottler
    The Glenlivet
  • Age
    15 Year Old

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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
Honestly had higher expectations
Delicous, one of my favourites.. easy to drink, great aftertaste
Perfectly balanced and smooth
Love this. Smokey with some oak. Bravo.
A very interesting combination of American oak and European oak casks. Spicy dram with vanilla and wood spices...
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.
One of my fav:)
Buttery at the start of the bottle. Creamy spiciness to finish.
Smokey and smooth.
Very nice
Awesome - beautiful flavour
Very nice. Especially the aftertaste. Perfect in combination with some dark chocolate.
Always hated scotch till I tried this.
Thank you very much indeed for this pleasant moment of enjoyment.
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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