On 8/15/04 11:02 AM, in article KGMTc.21728651$ email@example.com,
It's not Irish, for one thing. As I recall, it's a middle of the road
blended Scotch whisky. Not bad, but not on a par with a good single malt.
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"Michael P. Thompson" skrev i melding
The Glenlivet - yes, that's the name - was considered the best single malt a
century or two ago. Nowadays the taste has shifted, and a lot of people
prefer the rougher malts of the isles.
It is still a low-key, delicate but complex malt which invites to slow
sipping. Not bad at all when you are in a contemplative mood.
It is still one of the best sellers in the U.S. along with Glenfiddich. I
understand why Glenlivet sells well as it is an enjoyable dram. Perfect for
a summer evening.
But Glenfiddich tastes like lighter fluid or something to me...
One of my favorites is Connemara, made by the Cooley Distillery in Ireland.
It's a bit smoky compared to most Irish whiskies, due to the use of peated
malt, which is common in Scotch, but not so in Irish whiskies. See
Red Breast is also an outstanding whiskey, and among the finest examples of
traditional Irish distillation processes. It's pure pot still, and made from
both malted and unmalted barley, like a true Irish whiskey.
Kilbeggan, also made by Midleton, is a decent single malt for a fair price,
though I like Tyrconnell even better, and it's about the same cost.
I only mention Irish whiskies here, as I was responding to a post on
alt.drinks.irish-whiskey, but this is not to disparage the many fine Scotch
whiskies I've enjoyed over the years. I'll leave those to others to mention.
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it dependes if it is 'The Glenlivet' or just something generally branded
as 'glenlivet' which a lot of whiskys are allowed to be called, but there is
only one called 'The Glenlivet'
the 15 yo french oak reserve is quite nice, im in uk, dont know if it
available in the US
As The Glenlivet was one of the first Malt whiskies to become popular
outside Scotland, partly due to a king asking for it once he visited
Scotland - Glenlivet became synonymous with Quality
Most Speyside distilleries used to add "glenlivet" to their name on their
bottlings. Thats why you see names like
on older bottlings especially
Originally it was pure marketing to point out here was a whisky as good as
the famous Glenlivet
Today thing have changed. Glenlivet is famous but probably not the most
famous speysider and it may still be quite a few favourite speysider but not
So most distilleries dropped the "-glenlivet" on their labels and I think
that SWA doesnt allow it anymore with their new labeling rules
If you are looking for a 12y typically Speyside-style whisky that hasnt been
"ruined" by sherry I reckon The Glenlivet to be one of the best
Uzytkownik "Michael P. Thompson" napisal:
Well, I was being rather sarcastic in fact. The Glenlivet is a single malt
whisky - as others have already pointed out - and one of the finest at that.
Not necessarily the basic official 12yo bottling, but still... Calling it
"not bad, but not on a par with a good single malt" makes one chuckle,
that's all ;-)
Sorry, I guess my sarcasm sensor was out of whack that day. :-)
I was responding to the message on alt.drinks.irish-whiskey, and didn't
notice that it was cross-posted to some Scotch whisky groups as well, so at
first I thought the author was confused. I now realize it was me who was
confused, not realizing that Glenlivet was a single malt.
As for its quality, I guess that's subjective. I haven't tried it myself,
but it's rare for my Scotch drinking friends to mention it at all, while I
hear about Auchentoshen, Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Macallen, Bowmore,
Lagavulin, Laphroig, and the like all the time. I'll tell you what though,
I'm off to the pub for a rousing evening of song and drink, and I'll make it
a point to try a dram of Glenlivet.
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I think that's a bit of exaggeration to say that most Speyside distilleries
used the Glenlivet epithet. I've been drinking the stuff for 35 years and
have never seen Glenlivet on Macallan... Certainly Cadenhead bottle their
Longmorn as Longhorn-Glenlivet.
AFAIK the only other distilleries to describe themselves today are
Tomintoul, Tamnavulin, and Braes of Glenlivet. These distilleries are all in
the parish of Glenlivet.
I of course forgot to add that Cadenhead also bottle a gelnfiddich offering,
and call that Glenfiddich-Glenlivet, which is a bit of a geographical
nonsense, In fact further research would tend to support the original claim
that many Spetsides bore the glenlivet addiiton, but nearly all came from
U¿ytkownik "Renko" napisa³:
Don't blame Cadenhead for the overuse of the Glenlivet name. They are just
being true to the distilleries' original names. As somebody's already
pointed out, the word "Glenlivet" at some point was synonymous with "highest
quality" in the world of whisky, and a lot of distilleries adopted it, even
though they were (and still are, obviously) situated far from the glen of
the Livet River. These include Macallan, Glenfiddich (by the very name
situated in a rather different glen - glen of the Fiddich), Longmorn (by
Elgin, prretty far from the Livet), and many others.
I copied this from scotchwhisky.com :
The Longest Glen in Scotland
Glenlivet is sometimes referred to as'the Longest Glen' because, until they
were constrained, twenty-five distweries adopted the name as a guarantee of
quality some of them over thirty miles from Glenlivet itself!
Legal action in 1871 by the owner of the original Glenlivet Distillery, J.G.
Smith, established that only his whisky could call itself The Glenlivet, and
the others had to use the name as a suffix only (MacallanGlenlivet,
These are the distilleries which formerly used the name Glenlivet:
Aberlour, Aultmore, Benriach, Benromach, Coleburn, Craigellachie, Dailuaine,
Dufftown, Glenburgie, Glendronach, Glendullan, Glen Elgin, Glen Grant,
Glenisla, Glen Keith, Glenlossie, Glenmoray, Glen Rothes, Longmorn,
Macallan, Miltonduff, Mortlach, Strathisla, Tomatin and Toniintoul.
In truth there is only two distilleries in the glen, apart from The
Glenlivet Distillery itself: Braes of Glenlivet and Tamnavulin. The former
was only built in 1973, and the latter was mothballed by its owners in 1995.
I cant understand you havent seen the label Macallan-Glenlivet ?. I have
seen it numerous times, especially on GM bottlings. To be honest I cant
really think of a bottling more than 15 years old (independent) that didnt
have the suffix glenlivet
Yes Cadenheads, for their own odd reasons still continue with the
Almost everybody else or everybody else has stopped. Maybe due to the
confusion. Nobody ever claimed that the Glenlivet suffix meant the whisky
was from the Glen of Livet