Today we are living in a world of ‘Whisky Hype’. The popularity of the whisky is at its all-time peak and companies are doing everything in their power to increase their share from this movement. We are seeing more and more ‘limited edition’ products marketed with ‘wonderful background stories’ or ‘forgotten casks miraculously found in the darkest corners of warehouses’; all giving them the excuse to increase pricing… What makes me happy in this ‘marketing craziness’ is finding gems like the one I will be reviewing today – a Glenlivet 10-Year-Old expression bottled by Signatory exclusively for The Whisky Exchange company.

According to the folks from The Whisky Exchange – Hey Billy! – ;

“We’ve hand-picked the cask (number 900174 in case you wondered) and had Signatory do the genie work: you won’t find this bottling anywhere else…

Don’t let the strength fool you, this is a hugely drinkable 10 year-old whisky that parades all the best features of sherry-aged single malt across your tongue. Matured solely in a first-fill sherry hogshead, this limited-edition Glenlivet is bursting with notes of rum and raisin, fruitcake and toffee.”

Signatory Glenlivet 10-Year-Old TWE Exclusive is bottled at a whopping 67.1% ABV. It comes as non-chilled filtered and in natural color. It is exclusively available on The Whisky Exchange website with a price tag of £68. Unfortunately, at the time of this post, it was ‘out of stock’.

Glenlivet 10 Year Old TWE Exclusive

Signatory Glenlivet 10-Year-Old TWE Exclusive Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Dark amber with crimson red hues…

Nose: From the moment you open the cork, you get this rich, fruity sweet aroma… Sultanas, dark berries, dried figs and lots of raisins… After the initial burst citrusy notes begin to appear, a little bit of lemon and orange zest… touches of cinnamon add some spicy character… darker notes on the background… milk chocolate and charred oak…

Palate: Full-bodied and thick, almost like a red fruit syrup… similar to the nose, it opens with a burst of fruity sweetness… warm dark fruit compote drizzled with caramel… spices are more distinct on the palate… cinnamon, clover, and nutmeg… old furniture like wood influenced flavors… faint bitter nutty notes, burnt tobacco leaves, and charred oak…

Finish: Long finish… sweet notes leaving behind a dry, spicy aftertaste…

With 67.1% ABV, this bottle is a beast… It is a prime example of a ‘Sherry Bomb’ expression but should be handled with care. For the newcomers, I would recommend it with a splash of water to tame it. For the experienced enthusiasts, this may be the bottle to be enjoyed after dinner as a dessert, like a Port Wine or a luscious Cognac. This expression is full of flavors and whichever way you choose to drink, I am sure that you will enjoy…

Slainte Mhath…

Signatory Glenlivet 10 Year Old TWE Exclusive Whisky Review
Overall Score95%
95%Overall Score

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