Colour: a real pale yellowy gold. I know gold is yellow, but this was particularly yellowish. And pale. C’mon it’s been a long week, I just want to unwind with a dram, not have to justify my lacklustre description of the whisky’s lustre.
Nose: a little fruity. Not sweet fruit, more like a dried apple.
Palate: smooth entry, oily mouthfeel, no alcohol burn. Sort of a grassy kind of taste, sweet black pepper tastes.
Finish: quite a thin finish, faint pepper aftertaste too.
Comments: A great everyday drinking drop; a staple, one of the big names. If you were looking for an easy drinking single malt to introduce to a friend who isn’t a huge whisky fan, or maybe someone who is under the misapprehension that all whiskies are extremely peaty or smoky, then The Glenlivet 12 is a great drop to start on. For those who are into whisky a little more, you can find more depth and complex flavours elsewhere. But then, you probably already knew that didn’t you?