Review: The Glenlivet XXV
This is the third review in as many days of really great whiskies. I have one more supurb whiskey to tell you about, which I’ll post up tomorrow. (And yes, that’s whiskey with an “e” for tomorrow’s review.)
The Glenlivet XXV, 25 year old, 43%, $350
Finished in first-fill sherry casks for two years. My feeling on any whisky finished in a different cask is this: it should give as much to the flavor profile than it takes away. In this instance, I feel it has. And more. It’s not as nimble as younger versions, but the sherry, along with the extra aging, contributes a silky texture and a richer, fuller dimension to the whisky. I can still detect some of the peach, vanilla, tropical fruit and honeyed malt I enjoy in younger expressions, but its key flavor components are toffee, honey-dipped citrus, red licorice, chocolate covered almonds and fig, along with dried spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, mint tea) that emerges on the palate and peaks on the finish. The flavors are seamless and elegantly balanced.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 93