The Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak Reserve

Glenlivet_15Region: Speyside
Price:  $$$$
Class:  50% Slab Campfire, 50% Cobblestone Alley
Rating: 4 / 5

Best consumed the night before battle - defending the
castle - by the stone fireplace. Barring the absence of
a castle fireplace, a metal barrel may be substituted.


Pros, Cons and Neutralities

+: Enjoy it however you want
+: Very nice packaging – both a box AND paper
N: Reasonable price for the increase in quality
N: 80 proof


Culling of the Copy

  • Colour: Resinous gold
  • Nose: Creamy and rich, peel and ‘candied’ grapefruit aromas
  • Palate: Round, sweet, incredibly smoothfruity and ‘nutty‘ flavours; a gentle cinnamon spiciness
  • Finish: Lingering with traces of ‘toasted’ hazelnuts and almonds

G.L.O.: What’s with all the single quotations?

“The selective maturation in new French oak casks made from Limousin oak creates a characterful and unique expression.”

G.L.O.: None of the above quote is good – it contradicts the back of the box! (first part)


The Word(s) on the Street

adjectives: urine-y gold, a bit enigmatic, soothing (for a sore throat), tawny, ineffable, lightly edgy, nutty – less fruit and vanilla, savory

“Smooth on the front – crescendos to full flavor.”

“Those three years make a difference.”

“Taste the dilettantism of the French barrels.”

“Classic Scotch – not breaking the mold, it is the mold.”

“Territorial Scotch; a favorite of the French Pharaohs in their homeland.”


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