Maker: The Glenlivet Distillery, Moray, Scotland, UK (Pernod Ricard).
Style: Cognac cask finished single malt.
Age: 14 y/o
Michigan state minimum: $55 (purchased at Costco)
Appearance: Light copper.
Nose: oak, malt, sweet paprika, dried fig, dried oregano, alcohol.
Palate: Medium-bodied and lightly sweet. Oak, grape soda, apricot, vanilla.
Finish: Classic Speyside. Oak, toffee, burn.
Parting words: I don’t find myself reaching for The Glenlivet malts much (I generally find them dull) but when I saw one of this age finished in a Cognac barrel my interest was piqued. As long-time readers know, I have been exploring the world of brandy lately and I don’t like sherry so this seemed right up my alley.
It is. The Cognac finish is used judiciously adding depth without overwhelming the malt. The price isn’t terrible either. At $55 it comes in under many other comparable single malts from big producers. The Glenlivet 14 y/o Cognac Cask Selection is recommended.