Monday 30 September 2013

Tasted #39: Glenlivet XXV 25yo (#101drams)

A few weeks ago Steph and I were generously invited to the worldwide launch of The Glenlivet's "The Guardians' Chapter" at Sydney's Tetsuya's restaurant. While the star of the show was no doubt the three "Guardians' Chapter" whiskies (see link for tasting notes), the night was capped off with a two Glenlivet XXV 25yo drams...which just happened to be on my list!

The Glenlivet XXV 25yo (43% ABV, 25yo, OB, Speyside Scotland)
Colour: A dark, rich, deep copper, completely distinct from any other original bottling (OB) The Glenlivet we tried on the night. I love it when whiskies look like this dark and "complex" without any caramel colouring.

Nose: Maple syrup, oaky but not overpowering. Rich, with a noticeable sherry influence.

Palate: Initially feels like it's carrying more than 43% ABV. Not harsh, just a big mouthfeel. Sharp flavour with strong berry undertones, and the sherry influence is again noticeable. Some toffee notes but for me, the berry notes were the strongest.

Finish: Lengthy as you'd expect, with the sherry notes remaining right to the end. Perfectly balanced though. I really couldn't think of a better way to cap off what was an amazing night. Sitting around, chatting to other whisky fans, while Steph and I clinked a final glass of this - heaven.

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 92/100. A whisky with the substance to match it's packaging and prestige.

 - Martin.

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