Please feel free to vote in the poll, but I'm actually more interested in your comments.
I managed to pick up a case of some 18, for less than the price of the standard 12, last year at Asda so I'm rather spoiled by having the 18 as a fairly regular dram, now on my 3rd bottle.
I never buy the 12yo, but have the occasional one at other people's expense It's light, it's apple-y, but personally I would prefer it to be a bit sweeter and richer. The American oak finish 12yo is far better IMO.
Leither wrote:18 for me - as Les says, more sherried than the 12 and quite a bit more spice, wood and orange (as opposed to the the 12 being apple).
Well said. I find the 18 to be a superior dram overall. More subtle & complex and a longer finish. However, for me the 12 has been a standard single malt since as long as I've been drinking single malts. I had only tried the 18 within the past year or so, so maybe my preference has to do more with the fact that it's relatively new to me and I still find it exciting. I bought a bottle about a month ago and am about half way through and am really enjoying it.
I still think 12 is a great scotch. Maybe a better overall value at about half the price of the 18.
I think that Glen Livet as a whole is oftimes overlooked.
For my mind the 18 is also good value for the money. Unlike some other 18's these days. We won't mention the big M
Quaichuser wrote:For my mind the 18 is also good value for the money. Unlike some other 18's these days. We won't mention the big M
That's a good point. For an 18, Glenlivet is very reasonable. I think the Nadurra is an excellent value too.
How is the Glenlivet 21? That's one I haven't tried. Is it that much better than the 18 to be worth twice the price?
How is the Glenlivet 21?
Funny you should ask....that's one of the reasons I started this thread.
I'm running a tasting event next week, and one of the whiskies on the table will be an SMWS Glenlivet, a 21yo. It's from a refill hogshead, which I believe probably had its origins as an ex-bourbon barrel.
I want to compare it with an OB Glenlivet, and I was tossing up between the 12 and the 18.
The 18 is a better choice age-wise, because comparing an 18 with a 21 is at least in a similar age bracket. However, the OB 18yo does have a bit of sherry sweetness, and the SMWS 21yo is less sweet.
From a flavour-matching point of view, it would be better to compare the SMWS 21yo with the OB 12yo - the flavour profiles are at least in the same ballpark. However, the SMWS 21yo is an extremely good and tasty bottling, and it will make the 12yo seem very poor. Not that I have a problem with this, but many in the audience might think that it's because of the age difference, and I don't want people to get the mistaken impression that an older whisky is a better whisky.
Thanks to everyone for your comments!
I think I'd get a bottle of the 15 French Oak Reserve @ $65.99 first.....
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