After the recent expansion the Glenlivet became the largest Scottish malt distillery. It is equipped now in 14 pairs of stills and can produce 21 million liters of spirit per annum.
In 2018 the brand sold 14.5 million bottles what makes it the second best selling single malt after Glenfiddich (16.8 million bottles sold). 2014 was the only year, when Glenlivet outsold its archrival. Glenlivet 12 years old was first introduced in 1933, right after prohibition in the US was repealed on federal level. The 12 years old expression presented here varies from the standard bottling. Originally aged in traditional oak casks the whisky was finished in deeply charred American oak barrels for unspecified period of time and bottled at 40% abv.
Nose: rich and fruity, apricots, nectarines, oranges, lychee, vanilla cream, caramel, coconut flakes, cinnamon, touch of clove and charred oak.
Palate: smooth, fruity and mildly floral, peaches, apricots, oranges, vanilla, honey, cinnamon buns, sugared nuts and delicate oaky notes.
Finish: medium long, with notes of tropical fruits, vanilla, honey, butterscotch, coconut flakes, dash of cinnamon and oak.