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Glenlivet 25yo 'XXV'

(43%, OB, Batch No. #0111B, 750ml, 2013*)
Average Score: 87
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameGlenlivet
Bottling NameXXV
Alcohol By Volume43%
Other DetailsBatch No. #0111B
Average Score87

Maniac Ratings
Rich Howard87

Tasting Notes
Rich Howardthe nose is warm, smooth and well integrated, starting right off on blackberries and cream (slightly warmed cream), maybe some dark cherries, a touch of Seville oranges and just the tiniest hint of liquorice. a prominent but not overwhelming backdrop of toated oak with a just a few spices tossed in, with a tail of fresh berries and a light herbal touch. the palate follows the nose remarkably closely, with berries and cream, light citrus, and a bit more toasted wood and spices here than on the nose. very smooth at 43%. two drops of water tames the berries on the nose quite a bit, and the cream as well, still hints of blackberries, oranges as well, warm butter and a dash of powdered sugar, and prominent casking emerging as dry brambles and twigs. the nose has both transformed quite a bit, and it hasn't, if that makes any sense. the palate is also lighter on the fruit and berries (although they return a bit with time), heavier on the toasted oak and a bit more herbal on the finish. a few more drops and a few more minutes, and the palate is almost pure raspberries and cream, but overall a bit weaker now. quite nice with water, but since it's bottled at 43%, this doesn't need to be reduced. very pleasant, and very drinkable.