Let’s try something new here. Instead of devoting an entire article to each expression of Glenlivet, I’m combining reviews of their Classic Range into one post. The Classic Range is comprised of the following age-stated expressions: 12 year old (yo), 15 yo, 18 yo, 21 yo and 25 yo.
Founded in 1824, The Glenlivet has pretty much distilled continuously since. The 12-year-old expression is the biggest selling single malt here in the U.S., and second biggest selling in the world right behind The Glenfiddich 12-year-old. It’s the first bottle of single malt I’ve ever owned, given to me by a neighbor as a welcome gift. Definitely an easy whisky to get into. After tasting this expression, I had to pick up bottles of older Glenlivet to see what age (and different barrels) do to the flavors and aromas. Let’s get into the whiskies.