Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive

The use of a wooden frame provides a perfect display opportunity for the bottle and is a unique piece of secondary packaging. The new broad shouldered clear bottle has a heavy glass base to emphasis its stature and the embossing of the distinctive Glenlivet Arch and the name of the founder into the bottle provides its uniqueness. The precious nature of the whisky is communicated by a removable seal which carries the individual batch number.

This special limited release is awash with the hallmarks of The Glenlivet, offering depth and multi-layers of fruits and floral sweetness, with an almost creamy texture that can only be attained over years of patient ageing. The finish is rich, long and lingering

Tasting Notes:

Amber with sparkling shades of copper.

Nose- Unreduced
Opulent and mature displaying a clear Sherry influence. There is an intricate array of fruit and wood; Christmas cake, sultanas, Maraschino cherry. Then thick-cut marmalade, oak panels in an old church. There is a touch of cedar, balsamic spices and a hint of eucalyptus.

Oak soon gives way to malty notes; toasted granary bread and the freshness of citrus, orange and kumquat peel. There are also cake-like notes and a reminder of Grand Marnier soufflé.

Nose - Reduced
Water highlights the fruity bouquet and brings out vanilla notes. There are lighter notes of ripe peaches, pear and marzipan pie and luscious barley sugar aromas.

It is unctuous, mouth-coating and almost syrupy; full-bodied with sultana cake and ginger biscuits. Oak holds the reins back, releasing a drying spiciness. The whisky also has cinnamon and ginger, a touch of hot paprika and walnut and raisins dark chocolate.

Everlasting; warming and nutty with toasted hazelnuts and a full layer of liquorice.

A distinguished maturity has been achieved through age and cask selection; Sherry notes give additional depth to the distillery character and a cake-like sweetness. Wood is well integrated but firmly frames the aromatic palate.

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old is a very special dram to linger over and enjoy.

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