Glenlivet 12 is the signature offering from the Glenlivet distillery which was established in 1824 and has been a favorite single malt for many generations of drinkers around the world. Currently it’s the #1 selling single malt Scotch brand here in America and #2 in the world. It’s an unpeated malt whisky that’s light, accessible, tasty, easy to drink and a shade boring.
A starting point for many budding Scotch lovers its light clean flavor is so tasty and accessible that it can often change the mind of people who think they don’t like scotch, especially if they associate scotch with peat. In fact the only things I would say are better “intro” scotches would be Glenfiddich 12 and Glenmorangie 10. None of these, including Glenlivet, have that smoky / peaty character that turns a lot of people off and instead leans more heavily towards honey and fruit flavors.
Glenlivet 12 Info
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Mashbill: 100% Malted barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Age: 12 years
Glenlivet 12 Review
Dark copper with medium legs
Very light nose with malt and vanilla making up the core of the aroma. Hints of light orchard fruit, citrus, honey, graham cracker and a sweet strawberry like sweetness make up the rest.
Like the nose this is a very lightly flavored whisky. Malt and vanilla are again the major players with some grassy notes, honey, red licorice and some light orchard fruit rounding out the palate.
Wood, malt and an ambiguous sweetness hang around for a long time on a slightly dry finish.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Decently balanced with a medium body and a small amount of burn on an otherwise light and easy texture.
Despite saying it’s a shade boring I do indeed like the Glenlivet 12. It’s always good to get back to the basics from time to time and if you need a decent bottle of scotch for an evening with your friends that won’t break the bank then Glenlivet 12 will do fantastically. It’s versatile in that it’s tasty neat, holds up decently with an ice cube and is cheap enough that you don’t feel bad using it in a good cocktail; it makes a great Rob Roy. It’s sweet malty fruity nature is always a welcomed profile.
SCORE: 85/100 (B)
Glenlivet 12 Review - Score Breakdown
- Nose - 85
- Palate - 85
- Finish - 85
- Balance, Body & Feel - 85
Glenlivet 12 is a great whisky when all you want is a tasty sipper.