Whisky Review – Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve

Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve
40% ABV
£49.95 at TheWhiskyExchange for 1L

Nose.

Instantly intensive tropical fruit. Loads of ripe Pineapple. Apples, pears, a smidge of citrus. A slight oak mustiness. Light pepper. A little floral and dusting sugar with time in the glass.

Palate.

Sweet, fruity, apples, pears, pineapple, a little alcohol heat, followed by some chocolate, light toffee and vanilla fudge. Quite a light mouthfeel to this dram.

Finish.

Very smooth. Tasty chocolate fruits remain for a medium finish, with a toffee fudgey finale.

Adding water.

Just a few drops of water. Surprisingly there is an enhanced richness to the fruit basket in the nose. The palate is lighter, but still has a lot of fruit, possibly a little less of the toffee/fudge elements in the development. The finish is a little less intensive in the chocolate toffee department, and has a little extra oak. Personally preferred without water, due to the mouth and chocolatey finish.

Conclusion.

This is a very capable dram. It’s easy and accessible, very representative of Glenlivet at an entry age. I would say it must contain some older Whisky as it is very smooth. As with all of the main Glenlivet range I would dearly love to try them at a higher strength and non-chill filtered. Looking forward to trying a single cask 20 year old first filled sherry matured Glenlivet very soon. Watch this space! 🙂

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