Palate: Flowery, peachy, notes of vanilla, delicate balance between sweetness & malty dryness
Finish: Long, gently warming
Customer Reviews: (37 reviews)
It's a great entry single malt however I find it rather bland compared to such as bushmills 10yo and singleton.
- anonymous, 23rd March
Great Speysider for the money, plain and simple.
- anonymous, 29th Jul '12
Got to be one of the best Speys going. Sure, you can try lots of other malts, but i bet you will be returning to this one time and time again. Georgious. Much better than Glenfiddich IMO.
- anonymous, 19th Mar '12
Optimises the standard in everything I look for in a Speyside single malt, just drink and enjoy. Creamy and smooth, subtle yet rich-underlying flavour, however not too subtle that's it's watery - just perfect. Always provides for me a bubbly happy level of tipsiness.
- Anderson, 13th Mar '12
The floral explosion definitely sells this one to me, it has a very distinctive flavour. I'd highly recommend it!
- Grant Melville, Falkirk, 9th Mar '12
As far as 12 year old Speysides go, I prefer Linkwood 12yo (though it is also more expensive).
Glenlivet 12 does have those flowery, malty dryness notes. But definitely no peaches and no vanilla. If not for the lovely warming finish, this would have been a little disappointing.
- MK, 26th Feb '12
I cannot believe someone thinks JW black is better than this! GL is a malt of the highest quality. Try the 18yr old...sublime!!
- mark brailsford, 20th Nov '11
Once upon a time, my love of Bourbon convinced me that I would never like the taste of Scotch of any type - full stop. Until that magical day when I opened up a bottle of this that my girlfriend had been given as a gift many years ago and hey presto! - my taste buds were conquered. A lovely drink that you will never know if you do not try.
- JR, 10th Nov '11
1st time i've bought this and impressed. coming off a few of the islay single malts this was a pleasant change. very smooth with plenty of sherry and not too much of the malty dryness. a fan!
- jon 05/08/11, 5th Aug '11
I see what you mean, Richard. Glenfiddich is more fruity and 'ripe' on the nose than the Glenlivet. It also has a slight touch of smoke, which is absent in the Glenlivet. However, I find the Glenlivet more complex and ultimately a bit more satisfying. They're both really good though and deserve their popularity. Keep an eye out for the Glenlivet 12 First Fill - it's better than the regular 12.
- Manu, 11th May '11
Voicing the many others I'd have to agree on the nose. Flowery and vanillery ( if thats a word) . It is smooth and easy to drink. It leans towards a floral taste, yet its mildly sharp, bitter and acidic. It's not a bad tasting 12 year old but there are better options out there. If you are going to buy a 12 year old Scotch in this price bracket in opt for Glenfiddich....of course its all subjective.
- Richard Murfin, 22nd Apr '11
agree with most of the above, those who like it, that is, the glenlivet 12 is a classic speysider, period.
- anonymous, 21st Jan '11
Not really a Speyside fan but got bought this for my birthday last year and it's certainly not unpleasent.
- anonymous, 30th Dec '10
Probably ideal for people new to whisky or those who dont enjoy stronger flavours.Just in case Jason (further up) scared anyone off, dont worry, this whisky isn't chewy, it is indeed a liquid.
- LegTaste, 25th Dec '10
Beautiful whisky. simply the best thats all i have to say
- KILLJOY306, 20th Aug '10
`First Single Malt I Tried...Smooth and enjoyable.. BUT I am also tasting Johnnie Walker Black. To me JW Black Label is so much better,especially for about the same price..
- Ronnie From Missouri, USA., 2nd Jul '10
Bought it on offer for 20 quid, not too bad but after trying Ardbeg and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban and Lasanta I would rather spend the extra few ponuds and buy any one of them. Pretty standard stuff and nothing to rave about.
- Iain, 4th Mar '10
Standard top shelf fare that should offend no reasonable palate. I grew up drinking this and it still oils the wheels of business for me.
- Ian, 3rd Mar '10
One of the first single malts I tried (of many); The Glenlivet remains one of my favourites to this day. No need to over analyse it, just drink and enjoy all it has to offer. An enduring classic.
- Derek Wheeler, 22nd Feb '10
Great taste, smooth and easy drinking. No hangover at all. Posted by: Deepak