A cut above the standard-issue 12yo, Glenlivet 15yo is finished, as the name suggests, in Limousin French Oak (the same kind that is used for many cognacs). International Wine & Spirit Competition: Gold Medal; Best in Class
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CountryScotlandRegionSpeysideBottlerDistillery BottlingAge15 Year Old
I found this Whisky to be very dull. I've not got the experienced pallet of some reviewers, but I fail to see why anyone would rate this. There are much more interesting 15 year old Whisky's than this and Glenfiddich 15 is one of them. Yes its a much more mainstream choice, but there's a very good reason called Solera.
- anonymous, 20th Jul '12
I really enjoy this Single Malt Scotch Whiskey,smooth to the palate.A bit of smokiness,and goes down just rigth!I have compared this to JWB (Johnnie Walker Black) ,but Glenlivet 15 is better!Enjoy my friend.
- Kenneyh B. Marshall, 30th Jun '12
Glenlivet French Reserve is comparable to Johnnie Walker Black Lable. The French Reserve is a bit smokery,but can,t go wrong with either one.
- anonymous, 23rd Feb '12
Quality stuff - can't go wrong with this one.
- Smedster, 1st Feb '12
I really enjoy this whiskey,it is a bit smokey in taste. It is smooth to the palate, I drink it straigth,and you cannot go wrong with this after a long day at work.
- Kenneth B. marshall, 9th Jan '12
Fantastic whisky, i may even prefer it to the 18yr.
- CM, 6th Dec '11
fantastic scotch for the $
- anonymous, 2nd Dec '11
Being from Australia, a few cubes of ice is essential in the warmer months. The rest of the year, I drink mine neat. A matter of personal preference although I do add some water to higher alcohol whisky.
- anonymous, 9th Nov '11
So smooth. Responds well to water.
- anonymous, 31st Oct '11
I love this. The vanilla from the oak is evident on the nose, as are the dark brown flavours in the mouth, the toffees, caramels, the dried Christmas fruits, but not in a heavy duty sherry cask way (nothing wrong with that, mind).
I had a Glenlivet 18 last Hogmanay, but I think, sacrilege, I prefer this, there is less honey and it has a bit more bite, or punch, but it's down to personal taste.
- anonymous, 28th Oct '11
"Nose": Very fruity and floral. Roses, cherries and dark berries. "Palate": Cherry, rich dark plums and of course oak. Creamy. An exotic oak, but not too exotic such that it is weird. All pleasing flavors here. Soft, enjoyable, very drinkable texture. "Finish":Vanilla, more oak and drying a bit. Not super long, but not bad either.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 7th May '11
"Nose": Very fruity and floral. Roses, cherries and dark berries. "Palate": Cherry, rich dark plums and of course oak. Creamy. An exotic oak, but not too exotic such that it is weird. All pleasing flavors here. Soft, enjoyable, very drinkable texture. Nice firm mouthfeel to this one. "Finish": Vanilla, more oak and drying a bit. Not super long, but not bad either.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 27th Apr '11
I really enjoy the 15 year old French Oak Reserve,smooth,smokey,and can drink it without a overwheming after-taste.A excellent choice to relax,and to chill-out.
- anonymous, 13th Feb '11
Go for the 12 year-old, which is better in my opinion. Or spend a little bit more and go for the superb 18 year-old.
- anonymous, 4th Jan '11
This is a lovely drop, as others have said it is smooth with nice, complex flavours. Very easy to drink. Bought it on a whim, and very glad I did! Will definitely go back for more, an absolutely beautiful whisky.
- AndyC, 16th Dec '10
I usually prefer the islay malts but had a wee dram of this stuff tonight. Smooth as silk and a lingering cherry aftertaste. Delightful whisky. I might treat myself to a bottle of the 18yr gear when i get paid.
- Malty Magoo, 22nd Nov '10
A little bit of water goes a long way.
- anonymous, 8th Aug '10
Lets get it right......ice for blends to cut their tendency to be course, slightly chilled water for malts up to 15 years (Glen Grant etc), but nowt for malts over this......just sip and enjoy(really good with a black Italian coffee) I know, being doing this for well over 40 years and the liver is still functioning, albeit not as well as with a good Italian red wine, preferably from Tuscany!!!!!!!!
- Gary J. Catignani, 8th Aug '10
Some whiskies go better with ice. It may highlight salty and smoky flavors and subdue the sweet malty character. I wouldn't add ice or water to a 30 year old malt, as I would only spend the money if I enjoy it straight, but for a cheapish 12-15 year old, anything goes, depending on the mood.
- Tudval, 5th Mar '10
@ steve of cheshireI personally agree that ice cubes spoils whisky, it sort of numbs the flavour and smell, the best thing to do is to add a small drop of cold water this obviously cools the whisky but also takes away the alcoholic burn allowing more of the flavour to come through, however there is no right or wrong way to drink whisky, you should just drink it the way you like it.