The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

History of The Glenlivet Single Malt

The beginning of The Glenlivet can be traced back to 1822 when the foundations of the brand were laid by George Smith. Tucked among the valleys of the Speyside, George Smith employed patience and skill into developing what is known as the ‘single malt that started it all.

The distinct taste that makes The Glenlivet one of the best whiskies to have ever been created, has remain unchanged over the years and is the product of their unique lantern shaped, long necked stills. These stills help achieve a single malt that is lighter, and smoother as compared to its contemporaries.

The Glenlivet 12 is one of the most closely resembling whiskies developed by founder George Smith when he was perfecting the art of producing single malt scotch whisky at his distillery in the Speyside. Its color is a bright, vibrant gold and it is enclosed within a finely crafted bottle engraved with a seal that displays The Glenlivet brand’s year of origin.

The Glenlivet Making Process

The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky is prepared with fine quality barley, yeast and water. The brand has a unique 6- stage process to create The Glenlivet;

  • Malting

    - High grade barley is soaked in water for several days. After it is germinated, heated and dried, this is referred to as malt.
  • Milling

    - Now the dried malt is grinned to form grist, a rough version of ground flour.
  • Mashing

    - Now grist is mashed with hot spring water. The water comes from Josie’s Well, a natural spring located nearby. The mix obtained after mashing is called wort.
  • Fermentation

    - Now wort is shifted to large vessels. These vessels are called washbacks. The brand uses Oregon pine washbacks to store the wort which gives the drink its subtle pine- aroma.

The Glenlivet Single Malt was initially developed and sold illicitly and had earned such admiration and notoriety that even King George IV asked to taste it on his visit to Scotland.

When George Smith obtained a license to manufacture his spirits, and became the first legal distiller in the Glenlivet parish, he faced death threats along with threats of destruction of his distillery. He carried a couple of flintlock pistols with him at all times to protect himself and The Glenlivet distillery.

At present, The Glenlivet distillery is owned by the Pernod Ricard Global, a French conglomerate that is one of the largest producers of alcoholic beverages in the world.

The Glenlivet is the Single Malt of choice at big celebrations like Burns Night. It is the celebration of the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns, and is also known as the Robert Burns Day.

Source

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes



Nose

A fruity and summery nose.

Palate

Strong with pineapple notes, well balanced and fruity.

Finish

Long, creamy finish with a smooth aftertaste.

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