The Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive Review


So we to say to Ken, “Ken, just bring whatever you want for our meeting tonight, just surprise us and make it interesting.”

He showed up with a large, wooden box with an engraving proudly announcing Glenlivet 21yr Archive Single Malt.

We regretted not installing him in the club earlier. But on to business…

Scotch Whisky is known for its long aging. A standard age for good, complex(ish) Scotch starts at 12yrs old. Arguably, 12yrs up to 18yrs old can be considered an ideal peak period of aging. Scotch aged past this period starts to taste like liquid wood. There are exceptions, of course. Skilled, seasoned distillers have aged Scotch whisky sometimes up to 60-70 years old and still retain enormous complexity with a strong but palatable oak influence. Our whisky today seems to have handled its time in the barrel very well.

Our review today is for Glenlivet’s 21yr Archive Single Malt Scotch. You can indeed find these on the shelf in a standard store, but I’d leave some room in your checkbook. Take it from us, it’s worth it. Thanks, Ken!

SWC Group Review

Nose – Amazing. Dried fruit, big oak and sherry. Intense. Vanilla and toffee underneath. Glenlivet floral visits occasionally. Caramelized oak.

Taste – Deep oak, fruit punches, thick.

Finish – Long, intense, lingering. Complex all around.

Comment – Nothing subtle here. Quite the experience. What we all want Scotch to be. You’ll be disappointed when the glass empties.

SWC Rating- 93/100

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