70cl / 64.3%
11 Year Old Sherry Cask TWE Exclusive
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Fruit Cake
Glenlivet 2007 Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Nose: Fresh and glacé cherries to start, with toasted fruit loaf and spiced butter to follow. There's a touch of pine in the middle, surrounded by gummi sweets: sweet and sour cherries and a touch of the tropical. Fragrant oak follows. Much more restrained than I expected it to be...
Palate: The shackles are off now – restraint has been thrown to the wind. Intense and densely packed: raisins, sultanas and prunes compressed to a black hole of bittersweet dried fruit. More friendly fruit appears, with the cherries from the nose joined by dried apple chunks and a basket of dehydrated berries. Black liquorice sits underneath, and dark chocolate sauce flows through the gaps.
Finish: Loads of spice: cinnamon, nutmeg and anise. They fade to reveal sticky dates and prunes.
Comment: From the nose I thought this might be a more gentle dram than its ABV suggests, but the palate is intense and packed full of dark sherry flavour. However, it's impressively well balanced, with lighter notes ensuring it never becomes too much.