The Glenlivet goes the extra mile, showing Scotch is not only about centuries-old traditions. Partnering with award-winning bartender Alex Kratena to serve three whisky cocktails in his bar Tayēr + Elementary starting in October 2019. Although traditionalists did not love the idea, this is a fresh approach to Scotland malts has helped the drink category reach a new audience and align itself with the modern craft cocktail scene.
There’s little to say about The Glenlivet Capsule Collection on the nose, as the edible pouches, biodegradable capsules made by Notpla, guard the cocktail aromas zealously.
These are authentic explosions of flavor. The Citrus Capsule is made of Founder’s Reserve with grapefruit, bergamot and almond. The Wood Capsule has Founder’s Reserve with sandalwood, cedar and Oloroso. The Spice Capsule contains Founder’s Reserve with Oloroso, vetiver, dark walnut bitters and verjus.
After drinking/eating The Glenlivet pods, the aftertaste is astounding. A single one-biter brimming with intense flavors really bringing out the different aspects of the distillery’s collection.
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More than a contemplative drink, this is innovation at its fullest. Expect a burst of flavor and a fantastic palate of nuanced flavors, each pod bringing out a different side of The Glenlivet’s expressions. This is no marketing gimmick; it might very well be the birth of a new category of edible drinks.
Other Glenlivet expressions to try
There’s no equal to The Glenlivet Capsule Collection, but you might want to try The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, the base for the capsule cocktails. An entry-level malt based on the ideas brought forward by distillery’s founder George Smith. Expect citrus fruit, orange zest, pears, apples and toffee with a nice creamy sweetness.