Glenlivet Sample Room Collection 21 Year
- Name: Glenlivet Sample Room Collection 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Type: Single Malt Scotch
- Age: 21 Years
- Region: Speyside, Scotland
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): Varies (often around 48-52%)
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
Visual Appearance: When poured into a glass, this 21-year-old whisky exudes an elegant, deep amber color with a rich golden hue—testament to its prolonged aging in oak casks. The liquid forms slow-moving, syrupy legs on the sides of the glass, indicative of its mature, full-bodied nature.
Nose (Aroma): The nose is intricate and layered, offering an initial bouquet of dried fruits like apricot, figs, and a touch of sultana. These are elegantly complemented by aromas of aged oak, leather, and a whisper of floral notes, perhaps a hint of rose and lavender. With time, you may also detect subtler elements of vanilla, dark chocolate, and a trace of exotic spices like nutmeg.
Palate (Taste): The palate is equally complex, opening with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that immediately showcases its depth. Rich flavors of dark fruit compote and honeyed sweetness are intertwined with more earthy, woody notes. Mid-palate reveals a beautiful blend of spices—think cinnamon, allspice, and a touch of ginger—that adds warmth without overpowering the sweetness. The balance achieved here is impeccable, allowing each note its moment of prominence.
Finish: The finish is luxuriously long, lingering, and fulfilling. It's marked by a graceful evolution from the fruity and spicy notes back to the aged oak character. A final hint of malt and a subtle smokiness leaves a complex yet harmonious aftertaste that seems to encapsulate the whisky’s 21-year journey to maturity.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decidedly viscous and creamy, contributing to a rich sipping experience. Even at a higher ABV, the alcohol is so well-integrated that it serves to enhance rather than overshadow the intricate flavors.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
The Glenlivet Sample Room Collection 21 Year is an extraordinary find and one of the jewels in our Scotch whisky offerings at Third Base Market & Spirits. This is not a whisky for the faint-hearted but a bottle that requires and rewards contemplative sipping. Its incredible depth, nuanced flavors, and aged wisdom make it an ideal choice for those special occasions or as a truly impressive gift.
Pairing Suggestions: Due to its complex palate, this whisky pairs wonderfully with gourmet or artisanal foods. Consider blue cheeses, smoked meats, or rich desserts like a chocolate fondant to echo and elevate the whisky's varied flavor notes.
Availability: Given its age and unique character, the Glenlivet Sample Room Collection 21 Year is produced in limited quantities. We advise whisky aficionados to secure a bottle whenever possible, as this is a selection that may not always be readily available.
In summary, the Glenlivet Sample Room Collection 21 Year Old Single Malt is a whisky of extraordinary depth and complexity. From the first nosing to the final moments of its long finish, it takes you on a nuanced journey that showcases the very best that Speyside and indeed Scotch whisky have to offer. Every facet of this whisky speaks to its 21 years of meticulous aging and craftsmanship. It’s a whisky that not only meets but exceeds the expectations one would have for a spirit of such distinguished provenance.