This Cognac cask finished Glenlivet was released quite some time ago, but has only now hit Israeli whisky shelves. Basically it’s a young Glenlivet, aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and Sherry casks, then finished in ex Cognac casks. The whisky was Inspired by Captain Bill Smith Grant, great grandson of our Founder George Smith, hence the name…
The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve , 40% abv , ~200 NIS / ~ € 40
Nose: Quite sweet, and mellow with a honeyed sweetness to it, some marmalade , and ripe orchard fruit, with quite a bit of cinnamon, a hint of clove, vanilla and ripe orange as well, a hint of soapiness as well.
Palate: More ripe citrus fruit (mostly orange, and maybe some mandarine), sweet golden syrup, more orchard fruit (mainly apricot, and pears), the sherry influence with chocolate and some sultanas, cocoa, pepper, and oak. Feels a bit watery to me, Would have liked to taste it at 46% and up.
Finish : dark chocolate, oak, spicy with the sherry sweetness.
Conclusion: This is not a bad whisky, but also not the greatest Glenlivet in their core range as well. It feels a tad young, and thin on the palate. It is very easy drinking and approachable and would appeal to many whisky drinkers. Not bad for the price (you can get that in Israel for well under 200 ILS).