In a nutshell: A mature and honey-rich Speyside single malt matured in a mix of American oak and sherry casks.
The lowdown: For their 18 Year Old the first and second fill Ameican oak casks give a layer of tropical fruitiness while the ex-sherry oak casks bring in a spicy complexity. Superb and complex there are rich fruit aromas and toffee notes on the nose leading onto a balanced palate with a burst of sweet oranges and honeycomb. Along with all the complexity it retains and real balance and elegance as it reches the long spicy and raisin finish.
One of the oldest of Scottish distilleries George Smith of The Glenlivet was one of the first to take out a licence issued after the passing of the 1823 Excise Act which is accepted as being the starting point of the modern Scotch whisky industry. Through the nineteenth century the distillery proved to be a success. 1952 saw the start of a series of mergers and consolidations of ownership which has continued until 2001 when The Glenlivet came under its current ownership, that of Pernod Ricard.
Over the years the name 'Glenlivet' became so well known that it's often taken to be emblematic of Speyside whiskies as a whole and the Glenlivet has long been the largest selling single malt in the USA.