Whisky Review: The Glenlivet XXV Batch 0115B

Style: Fruity and Spicy

Nose:

Round red fruits-citrus sweetness wrapping around fresh ginger slices on the nose. Barley husk sprinkling over a layer of vanilla agar agar pudding. Hints of earthy five spices. Aroma nicely sharpened, sweet and refreshing, quite nice.

Palate:

Red cherries and red currants taking on a strong ginger-lemon gust and fly high. Navel oranges and caramel popcorn condense at the core, peppermint leaves lightly burnt on top. Assorted spices forming a strong spirit backbone which pierces through all the layers. Oak, barley and white pepper combined in a peculiarly dry fashion. Dry and gingery towards the end.

Finish:

Beautiful red fruit-citrus notes surge back. Resounding sweetness taking a touch of minty spices. Nice.

Thoughts:

A pleasant, easy-drinking Glenlivet, but at the same time we have multiple layers stringing together nicely to offer a good level of complexity. Despite there are some strange moments down the road (I suspect there’re a few naughty virgin oak casks), ultimately it is still reasonably balanced and delicious.

☆ [Recommended]

[43% • Original Bottling • Finished in first fill Oloroso Sherry Cask • Circa 2015 • Batch Number: 0115B • Aged 25 Years • *]

-Esmond