Susan and I have been checking out local (Grand Junction) bars, looking for a place with a decent whiskey selection, so we could try out a few whiskies we haven’t tried before. On Labor Day day, we settled in on Ale House and decided to try a few entry level Scotches: a glass of The Glenlivet 12 next to a glass of The MacAllan 12.
NOTE: We’ve started tasting and reviewing two whiskies next to each other as a way of comparing the flavors. It’s added a new dimension to our whiskey tasting.
Here, I’ll review The Glenlivet 12 Scottish Whisky. Click here for my review of The MacAllan 12 Scottish Whisky.
Glenlivet 12 is the entry level offering from Glenlivet distillery at Speyside; it has been aged for 12 years.
Appearance. I’m primarily a bourbon drinker, so Glenlivet 12 is extremely light in color for my tastes. I guess that’s the difference between charred barrels and barrels that haven’t been charred.
Nose. The nose is sweet, with hints of caramel and cola.
Taste. The taste was interesting and unusual. It was smooth, certainly not harsh. Based on what I’ve read elsewhere, I was expecting something more like honey and fruit, but I picked up something more akin to blue cheese…really.
Overall. Based on this tasting, I am not impressed; however, it could have been the bottle or the environment or…something. Presently, not my style. However, I’ll give it another try and provide an update.