cinnamon
dark chocolate
citrus
raisin
leather
fruit
figs
caramel
stewed
Spiral The Glenlivet XXV

The Glenlivet

XXV

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich, dark mahogany  
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Dark chocolate and white raisins … complex, deep, and wonderful 
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Silky leather, dark chocolate, and perhaps caramelized brûlée and a dash of cinnamon 
 
Finish 
Beautiful, elegant, lingering, with a tad of citrus spice wafting in the air that opens more with a splash
Price:
$448.99
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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 officiallySpeyside,” 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 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.
 
Whisky-lovers are fond of tossing superlatives about. They speak of amber drams in glowing terms of adoration. Glenlivet XXV sends one scrambling to the thesaurus, desperate to find new words or phrases to raise the bar. This one is special.
 
The first thing that you notice is the color. It’s deep, rich hue comes not from peat or char, but from simple aging without chill-filtering. And while all Glenlivet Whiskies age in ex-Bourbon casks, this 25-year buried treasure spends its last two years in first-fill sherry casks, lending a gentle sweetness and hint of cinnamon. But lovely as it is to the eye, it is the aroma that will get you.  No, not aroma … the perfume alone might seduce you. But taste it you will, and then you will understand. 
 
“Saints preserve us!  Should the devil offer a dram of Glenlivet XXV in exchange for my soul in purgatory, the temptation might be too long considered.” — Uncle Flaviar
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Speyside Whisky
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43.0%
  • Distillery
    The Glenlivet
  • Bottler
    The Glenlivert
  • Age
    25 Year Old

The Glenlivet

XXV

(0.75l, 43.0%)


8.2/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of The Glenlivet XXV
Chris
Excellent drinking whisky, horrible price.
Dan
Yeve
David
This is a great whisky but an absolutely ridiculous price, can be easily found in the 250 range.
anonymous
I like Scotch... You all know the rest. This is a smooth Scotch that only a highland aged to perfection can bring. It's worth a sample of you get a chance. That said I marked down because the price. There is equally smooth alternatives that are at least $200 dollars less.
Richard
The best
anonymous
Own a XXV...top of the line smooth finish. Worth the price
anonymous
Magnificent must try single malt.
anonymous
Fantastic
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