Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This is one of the pricier bottles I’ve had the pleasure of finishing off. I got this as a gift from a friend of mine (good friend, I know!!), and I could not have been more excited to try this.

After cracking the seal on the box and briefly appreciating the nice wooden frame the bottle came in, I poured my first drink and sat down to enjoy.

All I could say was, “Wow!” I had been enjoying Scotch, but not Scotch like this! This scotch has a darker, amber color to it (perhaps a trait I may begin looking for). From the first sip to the last yummy drop, this whisky tasted amazing!

It was sweet, with bold vanilla and cinnamon flavors. Those gave way to the more savory barley grain along with an almost mocha flavor. There was no spice or smokey peatiness to it, but it had the smoothness I’ve come to expect from Speyside whisky. It also carried undertones of oak and pecan to keep it from coming across as too sweet.

This was a Scotch that I treasured and stored at the top of my pantry for months, not wanting to finish off the bottle and be without. However, this was one that I made a point to share with friends and visiting relatives, wanting everyone to enjoy what I considered an absolute treat. Eventually, though, I could stay away no longer, as that bottle at the top of my pantry kept beckoning me, like sirens to the rocky shore, and it was either drink it or go mad.

This is one of the best whiskies I have ever tasted, and is absolutely my gold standard.

Grade: A+

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