This is a 19 year Glenlivet matured in a 1st fill sherry butt and bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: As odd as it sounds, I was struck with an immediate note of opening up a pack of plastic fishing worms (those of you who fish know the smell I’m talking about) – odd how fast you can lock on a scent that you’ve never encountered in a whisky before. After the plastic, heavy grape notes develop with a bit of pineapple in the background. Sherry seems a bit closed off despite the obvious heavy influence.
Palate: Same plastic worm type note with grape kool aid – much richer than the nose let on with a nice blend of spice with a nutty malt.
Finish: Nice balance of oak, cocoa, and thick sherry linger a long time.
Rating: 84/100 – Good, but didn’t open up as much as I expected. Next time will need to try a few drops of water. The plastic worm note was a bit distracting as well.
Value for the money: This retailed at $90 when K&L had it in stock, and I think that’s a pretty decent price.