Scotch - Single Malt

The Glenlivet 18yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    686 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.5 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $60
    Proof
    86.0

Rating Description

96th Percentile
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.

Proof66 Notes

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.

NeatPour NeatPour (169) (2014-05-08)
4.2/5; Whoa! This one surprised me a bit with the finish or lack thereof. It's good with.great balanced oak and smooth pepper coming all up front. The finish is super smooth. It's actually a great flavor profile front to back and just works wonderfully overall. I haven't really experienced a front loaded scotch like this... Most ├╝ber smooth scotches are lower flavor profiled with a gentle finish. This is a really good pick up
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (83) (2014-04-02)
Wonderful Scotch! A full, saturating palate coater with well balanced wood and spice.
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Allan Allan (118) (2014-03-28)
Excellent smooth whiskey, but not what I has expected. Not as fruity as some of the other Glenlivets but rather a little honey with some spice upfront. A bit of pepper in the middle with some oak in the brief finish. Nice sweet buttery aroma in the glass is really sweeter than the taste but compliments it well. Cheapest I could find was $95. I have heard it said to be better than the 21 yr old. Well, in my opinion that is apples to oranges difference and they would be hard to compare. To me the 21 yr is better but this is very fine in it's own right.
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Hokim24986 Hokim24986 (3) (2013-02-28)
Excellent Scotch. Very smooth and leaves a nice aftertaste. Drink it straight up to enjoy the full favor. Very good value for an 18 years old Scotch.
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robaiken robaiken (1) (2012-12-21)
One of the best(if not the beat) whiskey I have ever had
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Alchemist Alchemist (50) (2012-04-20)
The nose of the 18 gives sweet smoky oak developing warm spices as it opens up. The body arrives very bitter developing hot chilli pepper all of which thankfully fade to reveal a background light vanilla sweetness. The medium long finish doesn't really improve things giving bitter spices and tannic acidity. The aftertaste is dominated by sulphur sourness and acidic bitterness which persist on the palate for some time! This is a mule kick of an 18 year old and is a rare example of a malt that has spent too long in oak.
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degbert degbert (135) (2011-08-26)
For an 18-year-old scotch, this is relatively inexpensive and a very good drink. One cube or straight up, this is a wonderful Scotch.
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Irishman Irishman (250) (2009-02-17)
Enjoyed a glass on the rocks and it was much smoother than I had anticipated. Excellent flavor and aroma. Definitely worth the money.
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