Glenlivet Archive 21 year old, 43%

Price: $130 Issue: Spring 2000 Reviewer: John Hansell

New packaging and new whisky too-sort of. According to Glenlivet's whisky maker Jim Cryle, Archive is now being bottled in smaller batches, allowing them to be more selective in the casks used to improve its quality and flavor. I believe that it has worked. It tastes more refined. Along with Archive's signature creamy toffee notes, I'm picking up beautiful floral, vanilla, and fruity notes (peaches, pineapple, coconut) on the nose and palate, with subtler nutty, anise threads throughout. An elegant expression of Glenlivet.