Glenlivet 20, 1993-2014, 47.1% – SMWS (2.88 Cinderella weeping over matchmakers)

With post titles of this length means we’re back in SMWS territory. A place I don’t mind dwelling all that much. Of course, they have their misses every now and then, and some bottlings are just not all that interesting, but lately the ones I’ve tried were pretty bloody awesome in general.

Mostly thanks to my whisky buddy Ben Cops, since he’s in the UK and a member. A good combination. We send each other samples every now and then and in the latest batch this baby came along. For some reason I don’t often try Glenlivet, which might be a shame since they seem to be doing something right. Otherwise they wouldn’t have expanded to 10.5 million liters or so two years ago.

This is pretty heavy on the vanilla, but without being cloying. It’s actually rather crisp and floral. A tinge of salted caramel and some gentle wood in the background. It’s not smoke I get but there is a certain burned scent, more like charcoal. A tiny metallic hint which reminds me of the lead in a pencil.

The palate is quite sharp for a whisky below 50% abv. Not too thick but clear vanilla and white oak. Some creme brulee, and a hint of salt again. Some hints of wood spices like ginger and cinnamon, some pepper too.

The finish is maybe a little bit generic. It fits the palate but doesn’t really taste all that exceptional. Pretty long!

The fact that I don’t find this whisky all that exceptional flavor-wise might come off as it being not so great. That thought is wrong. This might not be the most exceptional whisky, but as ‘regular’ whisky goes, this is ticking all the boxes and being rather good at everything. I often love it when a whisky does a simple thing very well instead of trying to be all that special which usually makes it not all that great. Exceptional in the meaning of it being an exception is not always a good thing.

To be short: This is a good whisky. It is simply delicious and comes from a proper bourbon cask that hasn’t imparted too much vanilla and caramel flavors. Very well done, Glenlivet and SMWS!

As per usual, I don’t have a clue what the name means.

Glenlivet 20, 1993-2014, 47.1% – SMWS, 2.88 Cinderella weeping over matchmakers. It used to cost some € 100.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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