A harmonious combination of softness and energy, this sherry finish Glenlivet unmistakably evokes the smells, flavours and colours of autumn. Which is why, when discovering it for the first time, the taster's thoughts inevitably turn to water, finding itself surprisingly following the meanders of the river Spey as it heads to Ballindalloch. Overflowing with lyricism, this incredibly romantic version will undoubtedly tug on enthusiasts' heart strings, transcending the naturally elegant style so characteristic of the finest bottlings of this iconic and globally acclaimed single malt.
Colour: coppery orange.
Profile: a succession of particularly inspired duos - from salted butter caramel and dark chocolate to cardamom and pink peppercorn, and beeswax and Havana cigar - the first nose is extremely complex. Allowed to breathe, it develops into citrus fruit and heady florals (gillyflower). Both lively and creamy, the attack is characterized by citrus fruit (orange) and toffee. The autumnal mid-palate wavers between vermilion red and dark brown. The enveloping start to the finish is delicately tannic (cocoa). Gradually, Turkish delight and rose petal bring out its Oriental character, A few notes of red fruit (strawberries and raspberries) appear in the finale.
The whisky was disgorged and bottled under my supervision in the Town of Pitlochry on 12th December 2018.Andrew W. Symington, Managing Director, Signatory Vintage