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Drink Review: Glenlivet 15 Year Old

A cut above the standard-issue 12yo, Glenlivet 15yo is finished, as the name suggests, in Limousin French Oak (the same kind that is used for many Cognacs). Expect rich notes of fruit, almonds and sweet spice.

The Glenlivet 15 Review:

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich floral notes of old-fashionedsweet and fruity yeast and sweet sugar syrup.

Palate: Smooth notes of berries with hints of leather, very rich and sweet. Notes of ripe fruits, vanilla and spices.

Finish: Almond and spicy notes of toffee cup, toffee and good Cognac.

Overall: Simply elegant. Not to be taken lightly. This Cognac is one that will remain a challenge for many decades. It is a well-aged Cognac finished in Limousin oak. The sherry influence from the oak is very nice, adding just a touch of extra to this Cognac. As the oak adds to the aroma, so too does it the way it dances on the palate. A deep, rich combination of sweet oak with complex fruit and spice. Extraordinary depth and complexity. The finish lingers on spices and almond notes.

The Glenlivet 15 Review:

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich and powerful aroma typical of fine Cognac, with deep notes rich notes of nutmeg and a hint of anise and fruit.

Palate: Soft notes of nuts, numerous chocolate notes, with hints of plum and apple.

Finish: Woody and toasted notes good Cognac intensity, dark and very long.

Overall: Superb, and the longest rich finish that I have experienced. A great Cognac to age if you have access to an old Cognac that you can put into a wide range of oak barrels. Aging this Cognac in barrels from Limousin oak is a great idea, and lets the flavor of the oak just dance and glow on the palate. Lots of herbal flavors and spice and a good long finish that makes this Cognac compelling.

“A Hint of Supple Leather,” “Rich and Spicy” and “Excellent Balance” were a few of the adjectives I used to describe this Cognac. If you love Cognacs and are looking for complexity and finesse, the Glenlivet 15 is one of the best Cognacs you will ever find.

The Glenlivet 15 Review:

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Tasting Notes:

Nose: Carmel and chocolate aromas turning to campfire smoke, very nice.

Palate: Soft, smooth and very dry, even mid range alcohol.

Finish: Delicately sweet and lingering.

Overall: Very dry, with the aromas that make Cognacs unique. Notes of tobacco and an interesting spiciness linger on the palate.

The last few years, Glenlivet has been pushing the envelope with its classic offerings. The Glenlivet 15 year old is yet another step in the right direction that they have been trying to take.If you enjoy Cognacs as I do, you will not find a better move, as this Cognac is excellent in every regard. Simply a pleasure to drink, and as an added bonus, you get the added bonus of the wide range of oak barrel aging this Cognac receives. In my mind, this is one of the best Cognacs you will find. A beautiful specimen.

The Glenlivet 15 Review:

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Bitter and rich with notes of herbal and leather.

Palate: Smooth and creamy with hints of oak and fruit.

Finish: Spicy and toasted oak with notes of cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg.

Overall: Very distinctive and rich in wood aromas. The oak has added a depth of character and fullness of flavor.

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old Cognac is an exceptional drink. If all Cognacs were like this, as opposed to a watered down version of a quality Cognac, I would be a very happy man. The oak aging gives a nice depth and depth of character to this already great Cognac. If you love Cognacs, and want a great example of the complexity of a great Cognac, this is one of them.

The Glenlivet 15 Review:

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Remarkable richness and depth of fruit, chocolate, nutmeg and dried fruits. 9.5/10

Palate: Mostly fruit with notes of chocolate and spices. 9.5/10

Finish: Toffee, light oak, minty, light and lingering. 9.5/10

Overall: The Glenlivet 15 year old Cognac is outstanding in every regard. Superb, deep and rich fruit with some rich spice. A wonderful finish that lingers on sweet and light notes. Bittersweet and smooth. Perfection.

Once more, yet another stunning Cognac. The rich nose and palate of this Cognac is a joy to the senses with deep notes of fruit and chocolate and a sweet and rich finish. The oak aging has added a nice little extra to this Cognac creating a great Cognac that is extra special and truly excellent in every regard.

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old is truly an exceptional, and you will not find a better Cognac. The balance of the oak has created a nice depth to this Cognac with a very complex palate and great finish that lingers on green and herbal notes. 

Written by Mark Adams

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