Glenlivet 2007 12 yo Signatory (TWE 20th anniversary exclusive)

Young and sherried Glenlivets bottled by Signatory are nothing new, and they have been popping around lately, many are very good to excellent. I’ve reviewed quite a few sister casks, mostly bottled for TWB in the past and liked them very much (check it out here, and here).

Made at Glenlivet distillery in 2007, this 12-year-old single malt was matured in a single first-fill sherry hogshead before being bottled in March 2019 by Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange’s 20th Anniversary.

Glenlivet 12 yo 2007
64,1%, 1st fill sherry hhd #900216

Nose:  Quite the sherry bomb this one is, with thick and sweet & Sherried notes , with the wood also quite influential here: cherry marmalade, with lots of red and black berries as well, rum soaked sultanas,  sour cherries , vanilla and even some toffee apples. It’s also quite earthy with musty warehouses, tobacco and a touch of chocolate. very complex for such a young whisky.

Palate : big and spicy entry with some pepper, and even chilly, then the sherry goodness kicks in with sweet berries, earthy notes, wood spice and a touch of mint leaf, chocolate , leather aniseed, Brasil nut , and ginger cookies. There’s even some rum soaked cherries, lots of wood spice.

Finish: Long, and warming with the fruit spread / marmalade, and tobacco / earthy notes going on for quite some time with the sherried fruit and wood spices. 

Conclusion: This is a lovely sherry bomb, young but complex and rewarding. very good choice of cask by TWE / Signatory. Loving this one, it’s deep, and quite clean (no sulfur – again), not too wine-y as well. Bingo. A no- brainer for sherry lovers. I wish The Glenlivet would release such great whiskies in their OB range. {sigh}.

Score: 90/100

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