Glenlivet 2007 12 Years (Signatory Vintage for TWE)
Signatory Vintage seems to sitting on an endless supply of heavily sherried Glenlivet from 2006 and 2007. While the dark colour of these whiskies almost guarantees that it’ll sell out in an instant, this series never much appealed to me. The high strength combined with the intense sherry maturation… I don’t know. I don’t mind to be proven wrong though.
Glenlivet 2007 12 Years (66.3%, Signatory Vintage for TWE, C#900171)
Nose: Extremely voluptuous and rich. Lots of syrupy fruits, prunes, strawberry marmelade and maraschino cherries, but also a touch of menthol and warm spices.
Taste: It’s almost too overpowering at full strength, but it is so rich and dense that the flavours do surface. In that way it reminds me of these young Glenrothes from Adelphi, although with a somewhat different flavour profile. Lots of dried red fruits again, a tinge of chili pepper and cappuccino, but also some cocoa powder. Very good neat, but adding water is certainly recommended. It reveals a more syrupy, fruitier side.
Finish: More of the above. Drying. Long.
Seriously dangerous stuff. I’ve tried a couple of these super sherried Glenlivet from Signatory Vintage before and have always found them a little too sweet. This isn’t though. It’s much dryer and fruitier. The best I’ve tasted so far. For sale at The Whisky Exchange.
Sample provided by The Whisky Exchange
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.