Nose: Smooth and oily with notes of cherry compote, buttered granary toast, malt, custard and peach.
Palate: Sherried and thick with notes of sultanas, sticky toffee pudding, raspberry jam, Victoria sponge, custard and crème caramel.
Finish: Medium, with notes of cocoa, oak and just a soupcon of smoke on the very tail.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points - Featured as a blend of Johnnie Walker's rarest whiskies, this Scotch billows with sweet cigar smoke from the very first sip. Underneath that, look for vanilla, oak and dry cocoa, finishing dry and spicy with cigar wrapper, allspice and clove, plus a mouthwatering saline note.
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - Opening bouquet offers sedate fragrances of dried flowers and malted barley; aeration stimulates marginally bigger aromas of dried yellow fruit (baked banana), toasty oak barrel and still-vigorous spirit. Palate entry is succulent, honeyed and luscious; midpalate tastes of dates, figs, Smores, cocoa butter, nougat and dark fudge.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Aromas of freshly baked seven grain bread mix with slight undertones of dried fig and raisin from the oloroso cask. In the mouth the interplay between tangy dried fruit and roasted earth is balanced. The finish is long and robust with endless complexity.
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve is The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has been selectively finished in Caribbean Rum barrel. By bringing rum barrels and Scotch together for the first time in our history, we have brought some bold and tropical Caribbean flavours to our traditional Speyside style.
Wine Enthusiast Higlands, Scotland ""Delicate notes of candied apple, light toffee and pear drops...nuances of rose petals, carnations and lightly toasted malt. The palate entry is grainy and moderately sweet; at midpalate there's a burst of red pepper backed by tastes of pears, peaches, mushrooms."
Wine Enthusiast 96 points - TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 - This 12-year-old single malt was finished in casks that previously held Sauternes, the golden sweet wine of Bordeaux. Smooth and elegant, look for a honey hue and notes of vanilla and lemon cream on the palate, finishing with baking spice and a puff of smoke. Adding water unleashes more creamy vanilla and citrus.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - A heady mixture sea salt flake, lemon peel, and toasted oats introduce this complex and mature whisky. The palate seamlessly expresses toasted vanilla bean, crushed shell, and baked apple and finish with a subtle kiss of wood smoke that pleasantly resonates.
Wine Enthusiast 97 points - TOP 100 SPIRITS OF 2017 - Finished in rum casks, the honey and orange zest aromas suggest a cocktail, not a straight pour of Scotch. These flavors are echoed on the silky palate, opening with cocoa and leather and evolving into a luscious, fudge-like finish, with hints of orange peel and cinnamon.
This 15-year-old Mortlach single malt is inspired by the King of the North Bran Stark, who served as the Three-Eyed Raven. Fruity notes, on the nose with bold, smooth flavors with notes of vanilla and spice. The palate has initial flavor of citrus and dried fruits, followed by caramelized apples, pears, brown sugar and pie crust.