Review: The Glenlivet XXV Scotch

Glenlivet launches its oldest (permanent collection) Scotch this fall, a 25-year malt called XXV. It’s exceptional.

Aged in oak and Oloroso Sherry casks, the XXV has a light playfulness and a near-perfect balance for a single malt Scotch. Bottled at 86 proof, it needs the tiniest splash of water to cut through some pretty intense heat. Then comes the magic: Honey and flowers are on the nose, with heather, hay, and nuttiness immediately following. There’s something in the finish that’s hard to pin down, but it’s wonderful… a sweetness that made me think of toasted raisin bread.

Overall, this is a classic and richly creamy Scotch that reminds one of the rolling hills of Scotland… or at least, it would remind me of them if I’d ever been to Scotland. (Sigh.) In its tasting notes, Glenlivet says it’s “like walking into an antique shop,” and I can totally get on board with that. You’d be lucky to try it if you can track down a bottle… and are willing to pay the price!

A / $350 / theglenlivet.com/xxv


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10 Responses

  1. Jim January 6, 2009 / 11:14 am

    I managed to track down a bottle and payed the price. I was so excited about trying it but since opening the box, I can’t bring myself to tear open the wax seal.

  2. Christopher Null January 6, 2009 / 11:15 am

    Send it to me. I’ll take care of it for you and see that it’s treated well.

  3. sam October 11, 2009 / 12:03 pm

    How much did you pay for it Jim?

  4. frank March 2, 2010 / 11:45 pm

    Just drink it pansy, stop talking about it. You must not enjoy life.. you live once dude who cares, what the hell was the point in even buying the bottle? its not like its the best in the world

  5. R. Weaver June 8, 2010 / 12:30 am

    I have a bottle of Glenlivet Scotch that is between 45 -50 years old, maybe more. Can anyone who is educated on this Email me, so I can determine the exact age and perhaps what it is worth.

  6. Anonymous December 17, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    Just picked up a bottle for my dad’s Christmas gift. Christmas morning were popping it open. Can’t wait.

  7. Frank L. January 8, 2012 / 12:36 am

    Just bought, and opened a bottle today. Worth the price. You only go around once in life, and I would rather go around tasting scotch like this.

  8. Nicole August 23, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    just received a bottle as a “thank you” gift and can hardly wait to try it!!

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