What a better way to start off this blog than with what’s probably the best selling or at least most widely available single malt scotch here in America. The Glenlivet 12 has been many people’s entry way into the world of single malt whiskies, including me. So does its wide availability suggest that this is a bland mass produced malt? Let’s find out

Type: Single Malt     Region: Speyside

ABV: 40%     Color: Amber -3     Body: Med –

Nose: Fruity with lemons, pears, orange peel, pineapple and green grapes. Hints of vanilla and honey. Decent oak influence and notes of saw dust and polished wood. Some orange liqueur as well. Light, well balanced but not overly complex. With water the oak notes are subdued a bit but no real drastic change.

Palate: Much like the bouquet some sweet vanilla along with honey and pineapples upfront. A distinct candy sweetness (green jolly ranchers) clementines, and grapefruit.

Finish: Orange rind, pineapple, some honey and cola syrup. Vanishes rather quickly

Overall: A prototypical entry level malt. Nothing outstanding but clean, fresh, balanced and without any off putting notes. A very good daily dram kind of whisky or one to get the palate going for more richer complex whiskies. The quality of this leaves me wanting to seek out other Glenlivets


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