The Glenlivet The 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt Scotch Whisky | 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
91 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 2011
Don’t dilute this light, gentle Scotch too much. Enjoy the honeyed, fresh tropical fruit aromas and mouthwatering vanilla and almond flavors with a hint of smoke and spice on the finish. Light body. Good value.
90–95 pts. Wine Enthusiast: February, 2005
First whiffs pick up scents of fresh pineapple, cedar, and parrafin; later sniffings detect subtle notes of baked pear and sweet oak. Palate entry features a firm, moderately oily, and velvety texture; by midpalate, integrated flavors of ripe peach, pear drops and bran delight the taste buds. Finish is extended, semisweet and coconut-like. Replaces the 12-year-old French Oak Finish.
89 pts. Beverage Testing Institute: March 1, 2002
Orange-copper hue. Assertive on the nose with spicy toasty oak and soft peat aromas that also feature a note of rancio. Follows trough with sweet, toasty flavors and generous malt accented with soft peaty notes. The finish is long and spicy. Quite a bit more robust and forceful than the regular Glenlivet 12 year old.
87 pts.Whisky Advocate: Spring, 2005
I enjoy Glenlivet whisky for its subtle elegance, floral notes, along with a delicious “peaches & cream” flavor. For this particular whisky, finishing some of the whisky in new French oak barrels adds depth, dried spice (vanilla, clove) and pleasing dryness to the Glenlivet profile. This whisky is more polished and refined than the 12 year old expression it replaces.
Wine Spectator: February 28, 2011
FRUITY - A deep, elegant malt with astonishing body nuances. Smells of dusky rose, honey and cereal, then breaks out toasty on the palate, with a flash of hard candy, honey, licorice and chocolate. The long finish alone is reason to drink this, resonating with the flavors while adding a charming, rooty grittiness before ending with a pleasant astringency.
Whiskey Lover’s Diary: ,
A nose with floral scents and the spicy aromas of Limousin oak. Soft fruit appears on the palate, developing into a dry, nutty and spicy oak flavor with a mellow finish.
Santé: February, 2001
Aromas of tangerine, ginger and cinnamon, with notes of cherry and heather. Nicely textures, with elegant flavors of vanilla, honey, lemon and cherries; finishes with ginger, raisins and toasted nuts.