GLENLIVET 14 ans 2003 The Chronicles G&M 56,5%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 55289
Glenlivet is unquestionably one of the most popular single malts sold by Gordon & Macphail, Scotland's most well-known independent bottler. This should come as no surprise, as this venerable distillery is found in Elgin, the capital of Speyside. This very typical version invites us to discover a complex palette of flavours and aromas in which fruit, florals, spices and aromatic herbs interweave to reveal the landscapes of its birthplace.
Profile: the concentrated initial nose is characterized by candied fruit (lemon), peppermint, acacia honey and vanilla. Allowed to breathe, it becomes floral (hyacinth) and herbaceous (straw). The powerful attack is extremely fruity (pineapple, pear). The mid-palate is spicy and delicately woody. The assertive finish is characterized by notes of royal jelly, lavender honey and purple violets.
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- Appearance : deep golden yellow.
- Nose : refined, concentrated. Candied fruit (pear, lemon) in milky notes (almond, pecan nuts), bourbon vanilla in green liquorice, peppermint in root ginger and acacia honey in apple jelly... the initial nose is incredibly rich in aromas. Allowed to breathe, it becomes floral (lily, hyacinth), herbaceous (straw, alfalfa) and vinous (Chenin Blanc).
- Palate : rich, powerful. Continuing on from the nose, the attack brings lots of fruit to the fore (pineapple, pear, Mirabelle plum, plum). Nutty flavours then make their entrance (almond, walnut, hazelnut). And just like that the scenery has changed. The mid-palate brings gentle spice (aniseed, ginger, nutmeg) and delicate wood. The end of the palate is lush (chervil, bay leaf, sorrel) and liquorice.
- Overall : long, distinct. After an assuredly less dry (pressed lemon) and more tertiary (chestnut cream, chestnut) start, the finish becomes much fresher. Barley grain, cut grass and royal jelly bring lots of energy to the very end of the palate. On the retronasal olfaction, iris concentrate, lavender honey and purple violets gradually envelope the taste buds. The empty glass wavers between a morning bowl of cereal, almond milk and oak staves.
- The brand
Dubbed simply The Glenlivet, a name which at the time represented a region extremely well-loved for the quality of its whiskies, this distillery was first granted its licence in 1824. Seen as an act of bravery for some and an act of betrayal for others, this allowed it to get a step ahead of the other distilleries in operation. Today one of the most prominent distilleries in Scotland, its single malt is known throughout the world. Mainly matured in ex-bourbon casks, The Glenlivet has a fresh and spring-like character marked by citrus and floral notes. Bottlings aged entirely in sherry casks can only be found through independent bottlers such as Gordon & MacPhail.
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
The partnership between La Maison du Whisky and this malt specialist goes back to the early seventies. Initially La Maison du Whisky sold Gordon & MacPhail’s great classics. In the 1990s LDMW established its own cellars and launched a new collection called simply ‘Single Cask’. Every single malt in this range undergoes a rigorous selection process from a large number of samples. As its name suggests, Single Cask consists exclusively of single malts from a single cask that has been bottled without chill filtering. It is thus a separate range in its own right, and is presented in a special bottle selected by La Maison du Whisky with a label adapted from an existing Gordon & MacPhail model.
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