A mini bottle and glass of The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Review

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Here it is, the last in my series of reviews of The Glenlivet range and I’m not ashamed there were a few small tears forming in the crescent of my eye while I tasted this on. Not too many though as the thought of the Founders Reserve was still fresh in my memory (shudder!).

The Glenlivet 15 was half decent though so I was excited to see what this had to offer. I like the fact that this is 43% as the other two were slightly lacking in oomph.

I have also enjoyed the oldest whiskies I tried of both the Balvenie (Balvenie 17) and Glenfiddich (Glenfiddich 18) range so I was optimistic for this one.

So… without any further ado here is my review of The Glenlivet 18:

On the bottle:

“The Glenlivet 18 Year Old is the perfect expression of age and elegance. Elegant, complex oak and fruit. An enticing bitter-sweet symphony.”

Distiller: The Glenlivet

Region: Speyside

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: 18 Years

Website: https://www.theglenlivet.com/en-EN/the-collection/18-year-old

Tasting Notes


Sweet sherry, oak, honey, fresh carrots, pepper and cinnamon.


It’s delicious. Sweet caramel and honey up front then some malt, pears, figs vanilla and cherries all underpinned by sherry. The sherry is subtle though and not overbearing (I’m not a big fan of too much sherry).


Ginger and dried apples with oak some tannins and more sherry.


Despite being slightly higher ABV than the other two it is still incredibly light but it is on a good way and it’s also very warming and soothing at the same time.

It’s complex with subtle flavours and incredibly well rounded. It’s like an old school, polite and friendly gentleman with exceptional manners.

A very good whisky it’s on a par with the Glenfiddich 18 but I do slightly prefer the Balvenie 17. Still though I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle of this.



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The Glenlivet 18 Rating