The Glenlivet is one of the iconic Speyside distilleries with a huge worldwide following. The 15 year old French oak reserve spent most of its life in American Bourbon casks before being transferred to Limousin oak. Barrels from the Limousin forest in South-Central France are more commonly used to mature cognac and sherry. European oak is slower growing than American oak. This can mean they impart a more subtle wood flavour on whisky.
This is an outstanding expression, all zippy spice from some virgin French oak, and scattergun oak and malt, like a couple of playful kittens tumbling over each other.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sweet, rich. Honey and vanilla, with caramel. Rich Marzipan.
Palate: Oak with toasted almonds and vanilla.
Retails for around £40