The Glenlivet 12 Year Old First Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This limited-edition release marks the first time that the First Fill is released in the US. It's a classic Speyside whisky that was aged exclusively in first-fill American oak casks for 12 years, before being bottled at 80 proof.
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During the early 19th century, illegal distilleries were commonplace throughout the Speyside region of Scotland. In 1823, however, Alexander Gordon pushed the Excise Act of 1823 through Parliament. The Excise Act allowed illegal distillers throughout Scotland to apply for and obtain licenses to legally distill spirits. In 1824, a businessman named George Smith applied for one of the first licenses in the Speyside region of Scotland and opened the doors to The Glenlivet Distillery. For nearly two centuries, The Glenlivet Distillery has been producing the "single malt whisky that started it all."

The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using barley sourced from Crisp Maltings, Portgordon (Portgordon is a village in Moray, Scotland). After the barley has been malted and mashed, it is fermented in wooden washbacks for approximately two days. The wooden washbacks used by The Glenlivet are more difficult and expensive to maintain as compared to the stainless steel washbacks used by most Scottish distilleries, but impart a distinctive, floral quality to the whisky.

After the barley has been fermented, it is distilled twice — first through Glenlivet's wash still, and then again through Glenlivet's spirits still. Originally designed by George Smith, the copper-pot stills have a unique, lantern-like shape, which encourages contact between the whisky and the copper (the copper strips the whisky of any impurities it may have, and provides for a lighter and more pure flavor profile). In addition, the height of the stills ensures only the lightest vapors are condensed, and makes for a more delicate and elegant whisky.

This expression is a limited-edition release that differs from their regular 12-year-old offering. Instead of a mixture of cask types, this one has spent its dozen years in first-fill American oak exclusively. The resulting spirit is smooth and creamy with wood, vanilla, cereal, nutty, and spice notes. It marks the first time that the First Fill was released in the US.

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Proof 80 (40% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Glenlivet Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with vanilla and woody aromas, along with a touch of nuttiness and floral notes. It's smooth and creamy on the palate with cereal, vanilla, fruit, and a touch of spice. The finish is oaky and nutty with hints of spice.
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