Up for review today is my very first bottle of whisky. A bottle of Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve that was first opened over 7 years ago.
This bottle was my very first bottle of scotch or any whisky for that matter. It was given to me by my boss under comedic circumstances. I had been working for a 20 person startup with some strong personalities; plenty of debates and conflicts. Any time a big problem at work came up, my boss would take me out for beers. Problems at work became so frequent that we went out for beers OFTEN. I guess after several outings his wallet was taking a beating; and one day he showed up to my desk giving me a bottle of this Glenlivet. Suffice it to say it was the best thing that could have happened otherwise I may not have discovered scotch!
Back to the review. Since this bottle has been open for several years I’m sure my tasting notes will be slightly different than if it was opened just yesterday.
Type: Single Malt Scotch
Presentation: Enjoyed in a Canadian Glencairn glass while nibbling on 72% dark chocolate while watching an episode of Homeland.
Appearance & Colour: Pale hay straws. In the glass it has thin legs; it doesn’t coat the glass like heavier whiskies.
Nose: Upon first pour there’s slight sniff of alcohol and a bit of fresh cut grass with some granny smith green apple scents mixed in. After letting it sit for several minutes the nose fades and is thin. 10/25
Palate: It likely has mellowed (in a good way) over the years. Citrus and pear are what I first notice. Then comes some hints of white pepper. When swallowing there’s an oily-buttery feel. Then surprisingly there’s a peanut after taste that I didn’t expect. The peanut after taste is something I never noticed in the earlier years of this bottle. 19/25
Finish: Lingering in the back of the throat, but light. At 40% ABV, you shouldn’t expect much though. 15/25
This dram is easy drinking and is better than the sum of it’s parts; a beginner’s whisky. Something you’d share with a non-whisky drinker; but enough on the palate for a seasoned whisky drinker to be pleased with. It’s tough to rate this one given that my bottle has been open for several years, so your mileage may vary compared to my tasting notes. I’ve served this bottle to many non-whisky drinkers and they’ve enjoyed it. It doesn’t offend. It’s got some noticeable flavours that are easily likeable. A light but warm finish. Nothing fantastic but above average, but that’s what Glenlivet is known for. Enjoyable whisky that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. Would I buy another bottle given the chance? Not really. At around $70CAD there are other bottles out there that are worthy of attention. But I would enjoy a glass of it if there weren’t other compelling bottles at a bar. 18/25
Buy? Try? Or Avoid?: Try!