The Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky 12 Years Old 35cl (half bottle) £12.00 @ Booths
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The Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky 12 Years Old 35cl (half bottle) £12.00 @ Booths

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LocalFound 15th Jun 2016
This extremely popular whisky is being discontinued in the UK, for the no-age-statement blend. A real shame... Get it while you can. £12 is a bargain price, I expect it to sell out fast.

Glenlivet Scotch Malt Whisky has well-balanced and fruity with strong pineapple notes. Fruity and summer-like fragrances Nose. Creamy and smooth with marzipan and fresh hazelnuts finish. Bright and lively gold colour.

2015 Silver Outstanding Medal Winner - International Wine & Spirits Competition

The delicate and complex character of the 12 year old derives from the height and width of stills at The Glenlivet Distillery. This expression is matured in a mixture of cask types, including American and European Oak. Maturation in American oak imparts vanilla notes and gives the whisky its distinct smoothness. The mineral rich water from Josie's Well ensures the best possible results during mashing and fermenting to form the flavours that define this expression. Awarded by International Spirits Challenge 2012: Gold and 2011: Silver; International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012: Silver and 2011: Silver; Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2012: Winner (12 years and under); The Scotch Whisky Masters 2012: Gold and 2011: Gold.

IWSC Awards Tasting Note: Attractive but light nose with ripe pear followed by a wave of malt backed by gentle oak. Floral backing with violets and lavender. Fine entry with smooth flow and fine texture. The ripe fruit takes hold in the mouth and some sweet vanilla makes itself known. Well balanced and firmly held by fine oak.
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The "no-age-statement blend" you mentioned isnt a blend, its a single malt, and is quite nice.
rossss

The "no-age-statement blend" you mentioned isnt a blend, its a single … The "no-age-statement blend" you mentioned isnt a blend, its a single malt, and is quite nice.



It might be "quite nice", but if you're suggesting these expression blends (it might be a single malt, but it's not from a single distilling process) are superior to the age verified whiskys that are being marginalised, then you're pretty much a lone voice against a tidal wave of single malt whisky drinkers who object. Glenlivit 12 is a classic!
You keep calling it a blend, its a malt, not a blend lol, not only that but it's replacing the 12 which is roughly on par with it, hence it being a similar price at the entry level of malts, your misguided elitism is quite amusing, get off the bandwagon and see them both for what they truly are, lowish priced malts that are fine for a tipple, neither one is distinctly better than the other, both are quite enjoyable, neither are a blend.
rossss

You keep calling it a blend, its a malt, not a blend lol, not only that … You keep calling it a blend, its a malt, not a blend lol, not only that but it's replacing the 12 which is roughly on par with it, hence it being a similar price at the entry level of malts, your misguided elitism is quite amusing, get off the bandwagon and see them both for what they truly are, lowish priced malts that are fine for a tipple, neither one is distinctly better than the other, both are quite enjoyable, neither are a blend.




A NAS whisky is NOT on par with a 10/12 year old whisky. The founders reserve has been slated in reviews and is nowhere near as good as the Glenlivet 12. The fact that it's a similar price is more about buyers being ripped off rather than it being of a similar value. There's a good reason why founders reserve is nearly always reduced.
MattyGr

A NAS whisky is NOT on par with a 10/12 year old whisky. The founders … A NAS whisky is NOT on par with a 10/12 year old whisky. The founders reserve has been slated in reviews and is nowhere near as good as the Glenlivet 12. The fact that it's a similar price is more about buyers being ripped off rather than it being of a similar value. There's a good reason why founders reserve is nearly always reduced.



Theres a good reason the 12 was almost always reduced when it was more widely available too; and as i said, hop off the bandwagon for a second and see them both for what they are, entry level malts, and they both fill that role nicely, to say the 12 is distinctly better is completely subjective and down to personal taste. If the founders reserve was distinctly poorer, then its competition would be cheap blended whiskies like grouse, that isnt the case though, its a cheap malt that does the job just like the 12.
rossss

You keep calling it a blend, its a malt, not a blend lol, not only that … You keep calling it a blend, its a malt, not a blend lol, not only that but it's replacing the 12 which is roughly on par with it, hence it being a similar price at the entry level of malts, your misguided elitism is quite amusing, get off the bandwagon and see them both for what they truly are, lowish priced malts that are fine for a tipple, neither one is distinctly better than the other, both are quite enjoyable, neither are a blend.



Wrong. In fact the majority of single malts are blends. NAS assures you of the youngest whisky used, so the contents of Glenlivit 12 are aged for 12 years minimum. As we all know, whisky improves with age. That's why NAS is an indicator of quality, which is sorely lacking from founders reserve, which is bulked out with an unknown quantity of whisky that isn't matured.

I can only echo what Matty said regarding The Glenlivit.. OK the 12 isn't the worlds most amazing whisky, but it's popular - the world No.2 biggest seller - and for many people their first foray into single malts. So it's very strange for someone to defend the discontinuation (in the UK) of one of the most popular, recognisable products, for an inferior substitute.

If you don't find this argument compelling enough, consider that the producers of The Glenlivit, Chivas Brothers, put out a the following statement which you can read in full at the link beneath.

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Masterofmalt ratings, Founders Reserve - 2/5 from 148 ratings, Glenlivet 12 - 4/5 from 203 ratings.
I am with the original poster. The 12yo is a lovely drop of scotch. The Founders Reserve is a poor replacement and the half a bottle I've not drunk can sit there waiting for an unwelcome visitor. I'd love to be elitist about scotch but my budget won't stretch that far.

thanks for sharing James Smith. I'll be on that when I'm back in the NW at the end of the week
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