The review today checks out the latest Glenlivet core line addition (from August 2018) – The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve. The name comes from Captain William Smith Grant who was the great grandson of Glenlivet’s founder George Smith.
It’s a NAS offering (at 40% and probably chill filtered), matured in ex-bourbon barrel and sherry butts and then finished for a short time (6 months) in Cognac casks. Cognac cask finish isn’t too common in the industry, especially for mainstream core line release, so I’m quite intriguing to try it.
Nose: Weak and thin, showing some youth as well, sweet green grapes, golden apples, oak sweetness, cereals porridge, cream. After a few minutes anise and concentrated oranges juice from can.
Palate: Oak spices, nuttiness, honey, grapes remains and raisins, a drop of orange juice, gentle white pepper, creamy, quite spicy relatively to the nose.
Finish: Short medium, spices warmth, honey and grapes sweetness and nuttiness.
Thoughts: The Cognac impact is very subtle as it lends grapes and roundness to the spirit but I’m not too impressed from the overall product. It’s lacking a distinct and clear impact and the youth here means that the fruity and apples distillery characteristics didn’t have enough time to develop and that low ABV always leaves a lot to be desired.