Scotch - Single Malt

The Glenlivet 12yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Speyside, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2008
  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

The Glenlivet 12yr single malt scotch is the youngest expression and the flagship bottle of the distillery known the world over. When people say "Glenlivet," they usually mean this bottle. Based largely upon the 12yr, it is the second-highest seller globally in the single-malt category and the largest in the US.

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This bottle has 27 ratings and 25 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (233)
Rating: 3.5 (2016-10-12)
A very easy drinking single malt - I can see why this is so popular, especially with it being so readily available. I really like big bold flavors, so this is a little bland for me. Enjoy this over Glenfiddich 12 but not as much as Glenmorangie 10.
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maccabee2012 maccabee2012 (16)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-08-30)
Great entry level single malt or to scotch in general. Very fruity, floral, and light bodied with hints of vanilla. Finish is long and contains a lot of malt notes. Little to no peat or smoke. Not the most complex whisky flavor wise, but for ~$32 a bottle you can't beat it in terms of value.
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Frode Frode (3)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-08-27)
Sweet vanilla. Moderate peat and smoke.
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Shmotch Shmotch (68)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-02-29)
Lower priced entry level single malt. Slightly medicinal in taste. Definitely serviceable. Adding a touch of water always helps to open up a scotch and this is no exception.
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chowdah chowdah (20)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-01-12)
Smooth, Wonderful
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budgetsipper budgetsipper (6)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-12-04)
Solid three. Not a lot of taste but smooth with a hint of green apple. I add a few drops of water. Plus its only $30.
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jeanphilt jeanphilt (30)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-08-01)
3.5 : Very light and smooth, the taste is hard to distinguish, similar to Glenmorangie/Glenfiddich.
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bughunter bughunter (7)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-06-13)
This is my go-to Single Malt. Affordable, smooth, a nice finish, and best of all, very kind to your head the next morning.
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Ron Swanson Ron Swanson (3)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-05-23)
Pretty smooth..reminds me of GJ a little.
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TLCrawford TLCrawford (8)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-02-14)
Too smooth, no heat.
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mrsid mrsid (2)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-10-01)
Very smooth
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Muncher Muncher (586)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-08-31)
I completely agree with Quetzal. Sweet, light, and very easy to drink. I like the 15 year a little better and the 18 year a lot better. Worth the price though and a good scotch to start a newbie on.
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DakotaGuy DakotaGuy (73)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-06-14)
Good scotch, and for the price it is one that everyone can have a bottle of, instead of some mediocre blend.
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Quetzal Quetzal (119)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-05-14)
(3 out of 5). It's decent, but won't impress anyone unless they're new to scotch. It's pleasantly malty and fruity, but also very light- may be good for someone who likes Irish or Canadian whiskey. In the end I don't think it's that interesting, but it's also drinkable much cheaper than other scotches in its age range, and could be a good gateway malt.
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Hotspur17 Hotspur17 (33)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-05-05)
I equate this scotch to drinking a light beer vs a regular. good first scotch for some as it has a very simple taste and is easy to drink on the rocks. Good taste for $30 value. Now on to the 18yr.
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Hottgunn Hottgunn (12)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-01-21)
Smooth, smooth and smooth. Wonderful Scotch.
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NeatPour NeatPour (341)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-08-20)
Not a bad scotch at all but rather light on flavor and very simple. Of the major 10-12 year non smokey single malts one encounters at bars I'd give the following rank from lowest to highest: glenlivet 12, glenfiddich 12, glenmorangie 10, macallan 12. That's just my 2 cents. Glenlivet 12 is worth a try to see if it suits your fancy, for me I find other options more compelling. I will end by adding that glenlivet 18 is truly stellar and a bottle worthy for the home bar.
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predsfan89 predsfan89 (3)
Rating: 3.0 (2013-05-12)
Its not bad :)
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Allan Allan (207)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-04-04)
The perfect balanced scotch for my tastes. Smoky, light fruit, mild sweetness.some days I go for a peatier scotch but this is what I think of when I think scotch. A great value for a single malt at $35.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (56)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-03-22)
My first real scotch I ever had and I had it at The Glenlivet distillery in Scotland. Truly memorable and still one of my favorite scotches, even though Ive "graduated" to more peaty scotches now.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (135)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-12-08)
Light smooth flavor. A true benchmark Scotch.
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krashenberne krashenberne (11)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-12-07)
Mild aroma and flavor. Pleasant vapor with first inhale post sip. A good starter or safe choice for this spirit. Krashenberne
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voldron voldron (14)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-03-19)
An every day scotch but still better than most on the market. The price isn't bad so it's a nice entry to the world of single malt. Agree with other comments that it's qutie lite in flavor, but that's a plus if you are again getting started with scotch.
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magezi magezi (67)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-03-09)
Not very impressed about this one. Light floral summer whisky, but it's so light and easy that true single malt fan leaves asking more. 
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danurdan danurdan (21)
Rating: 5.0 (2009-02-04)
Not the fanciest or snootiest of the single malts by any stretch, but still my all time favorite Scotch. Glenlivet on the rocks continues to be my favorite drink. Smooth taste and I've never gotten a hangover from my old friend, Glen.
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