Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve Solera Finish
Bottle: Standard Glenlivet shape & style. 1L Bottle (airport retail only).
Nose: Predominantly honey and milk chocolate with a little lemon, lime and banana sitting underneath.
Body: Medium and velvety. Very nice feel in the mouth. A little waxy.
Palate: Honey, chocolate, fudge & nutmeg. Very creamy and exceptionally smooth. Almost too smooth for me if that’s possible. I like a little roughness as it delivers a bit of character in my mind. For malt drinkers who rate smoothness above all else then this will surely please. It’s quite tasty without being amazing.
Finish: Medium length and quite pleasant due to the unrelenting smoothness of this dram. The palate flavours maintain themselves impeccably.
Neat/Ice/Water: At 40% drink it neat.
Verdict: Quaffable. I recently went skiing in Norway and had 20 minutes to spare before boarding at Gatwick so I picked up a bottle of this almost at random (the wife & kids weren’t going to leave me alone for long so I couldn’t peruse the full selection on offer). A week on the slopes requires some dram time apres-ski and I wasn’t going there to pay local prices (Norway is expensive… A single pour of Glenmorangie 10 in a hotel bar cost £8!). I almost polished off the 1L bottle over the course of the week so it must have been decent. Incredibly smooth and very easy to sip if a little nondescript. As it happened, I had extra motivation to drink as after 2 days I slipped on wet ice (walking not skiing) and fractured my wrist in 3 places. Oh well, at least the kids had a good time…