Glenlivet 15 Years French Oak Reserve


Distillery/Brand: Glenlivet
Region: Speyside
ABV: 40%
Colour: Sunlight

Nose: 22
Taste: 23
Finish: 23
Balance: 23

This has been one of my favorite malts for a long time. Not because it’s the best malt out there but because it was one of the first I tried early on in my career as a malt enthusiast. And I’m glad it was this one for who knows what would have become of me had I tried something vile.

The uncomplicated Speyside nose is bursting at the seams with an orangey citrus burst on a bed of smooth melon rind. The honey and delicate flowers accompany this fruitiness and make for quite a nice bouquet of aromas.

The beautifully textured spirit is a touch spicy but that quickly gives way to a lovely warm fruit basket mixed with marshmallows. Something oddly comforting about this delivery.

The long and oily finish with a touch of oak keeps taking me back to why I began this glorious journey in the first place.

Rating: 91


4 thoughts on “Glenlivet 15 Years French Oak Reserve

  1. I’m not sure I have ever seen the 15 year rated this high, though I do get your point. Not sure why but the only Glenlivet I have ever tried that I liked was the Nadurra.

    • I think it’s because I have a soft spot for this expression but to be fair I think it’s quite a lovely, delicate dram nonetheless. It ticks a lot of boxes for me in terms of it’s balance and flavors.

      The Nadurra, of course, is sublime – my favorite Glenlivet by far.

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