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The Glenlivet

Region: Highlands
District: Speyside

The Glenlivet is perhaps the best known of all the Scotch single malts. Its founder, George Smith, with the encouragement of the Duke of Gordon, was the first to apply for a legal distilling license in 1824. George Smith was going against popular sentiment at the time in doing so, but his foresight to see the economic opportunities of legal distilling would give The Glenlivet a "head start" on all the competition that is yet to be overcome. It would be his "true grit" and a pair of hair-trigger pistols given to him by the laird of Aberlour that would ensure his perserverance.

12 year old

Proof 80
Color Light or pale gold.
Nose Aromatic, with flowers. Clean and simple, with some maltiness. Sherry notes, some spice and vanilla.
Body Medium, smooth and firm.
Palate Subtle peatiness. Delicate. Slightly sweet and fruity, with vanilla notes. Clean and well-balanced.
Finish Long, but mild and warming. A trace of peat at the end.

18 year old

Proof 80
Color Dark amber.
Nose Full. Some peat, floral notes, sherry, honey and fruit.
Body Firm. Quite smooth.
Palate Full, round, floral. Some sweetness and quite rich.
Finish Rich. Drying, with spice and smoke.

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