Elevated to new levels of excitement, The Glenlivet 14, one of The Glenlivet’s most recent labels, is aged in American and Sherry casks, but also in unique Cognac casks. Fruit-forward, with citrus and chocolate hints, this golden malt unfolds for hours in the glass. Lots of complexity and intensity make it a pleasing malt for the inexperienced and connoisseurs alike.
Apricot jam and hints of currants, black Corinth raisins, and unsweetened cacao powder dominate the nose, followed by lifting aromas of dried orange peels and toasty oak. The Cognac casks really elevate the nose to less-explored paths of bold, dark aromas. Complex but not overwhelming, a welcomed surprise every time you stick your nose in the glass.
Elegance and poise, silken smoothness, and flavor intensity describe the well-defined, layered palate of dried citrus peels and spices over a solid fruit core. A persistent caramel and chocolate taste make this one a bold expression of the house style that feels older than it is.
The malt richness shines through in the back-palate for a succulent aftertaste of raisins, cinnamon, and dark honey.
Drifting away from The Glenlivet house style, this forward-tasting style really benefits from time spent in Cognac casks. The fruit aromas complemented by chocolate memories give the malt an exquisite feel of luxury and richness while still feeling refined. The Glenlivet 14 is a bet well placed and an easy buy.
You won’t find The Glenlivet 14 Year Old’s vinous flavors in any other malt, but if you enjoy bold and rich whiskies, then try The Glenlivet 18 Year Old. Expressive and not shy at all, this malt is more about tropical fruit and winter spices. Still, in intensity, it’s in the same category as the Cognac Cask Selection.