Scotch - Single Malt
The Glenlivet 18yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky
This score falls in the 96th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
The Glenlivet 18yr single malt scotch is the part of their sherry cask collection. A portion of the scotch--we're told approximately 15%--is aged in sherry casks for 18 years with the remainder in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels. In a fit of musical metaphor, they also state the 18yr "recalls more Beethoven style than Mozart." In our own guided tasting, they described it as the "Liquid Sean Connery: rich, mature, masculine, but not the least bit hairy." They note the strong color from the sherry cask and notes of juicy red, caramel apples. They recommend serving with barbeque, pepper steak, or rib-eye steak.
In 2011 at the reported price of $90, Wine Enthusiast declared the scotch a "good value."
About the Producer:
The Glenlivet Distillery (note the use of the indefinite article "the" allowed by court decree in 1884) is the top-selling single malt scotch in the world. It is often considered the classic Speyside, producing unpeated (that is, non-smoky) scotch whisky. The name translates as "valley of the smooth flowing one." They are proud of their mineral rich water from "Josie's well" and their tall copper stills, producing lighter vapors for smoother, more buoyant whisky. The brand is owned by French-based Pernod-Ricard.