Surprisingly, it has been quite a bit — 12 years — since we last evaluated the 12-year single malt from The Glenlivet. So with the arrival a freshly minted partnership with luxury golfing line Malbon, we took a minute to evaluate a select few pieces of the clothing collection, as well as refresh the glencairn to revisit some old friends. Thoughts follow, as they say.
Malbon x The Glenlivet Snapback Golf Hat – This appears to be your standard golf cap with that mysterious bit of rope front adorned across the top bill. It seems to be a fairly reliable hat, lightweight and breathable, and would do its job well on the fairway. Available in three colors: white, a sharp and classy navy, and a Miami-inspired teal that lets everyone know of your presence within a thousand feet, and that you are ready to hit the surf and turf buffet right after sinking this next putt.A- (Navy) B (White) B- (Teal) / $44 each
Malbon x The Glenlivet Buckets Crewneck – Lined with impossibly soft material, this crew shirt will most definitely keep you warm during early morning tee times. The Malbon/Glenlivet logos embroidered on the front inform your foursome that while you’re enjoying the back nine, you’re secretly here for the post-round drams back at the clubhouse. A- / $100
The Glenlivet Double Oak 12 Years Old (2020) – Probably the most readily available single malt brand anywhere on the planet: on tap at airports, hotel lounges, taxi cabs, and superb casual dining establishments where the single malt list also includes Jack Daniel’s. It has a light nose of vanilla and apple, with a little bit of citrus if you let it sit for a spell. More light fruit hits on the palate with mild malt and grass notes towards the end. A very sweet, medium length finish. This particular offering received a face-lift in 2019, adding a new color palette and the words “Double Oak” on the label. Aesthetics aside, this is the same iconic expression to which generations of drinkers have become well accustomed, and it still holds the same instantly recognizable good stuff on the inside. And if it was good enough for your grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great grandparents, it’s good enough for you. 80 proof. B / $30 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS] [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]