Boutique-y Whisky Co. Calendar 2017 - Door No. 1

Posted 02 December 2017 / In Glenlivet
The Dramble's tasting notes for That Boutique-y Whisky Company Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1

Bottle Name: Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1

ABV: 48.7%
Distillery: Glenlivet
Bottler: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Region: Speyside

It’s time to commence the joy that is the annual Christmas calendar - and this year we’re going full Boutique-y for the next 24 days. The Dramble will be bringing you tasting notes of each and every dram in the lovely looking Boutique-y Whisky Company calendar, posting the following day – to give us time to sample and write our notes, and of course, to not spoil the surprise for those of you who open your doors a little later in the day. So, deep breath, let’s make a start…..innnnn one…..

Door No.1 reveals the Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1. A whisky that has already received praise from online commentators (see Ruben’s over at Whiskynotes.be). Not yet released at a full 50cl bottle, but expected quite soon, it’s bottled at 48.7%.

Nose: Pronounced polish right from the get go – this baby doesn’t care for hiding its age. Alongside the polish, some lightly tanned leather, fresh golden tobacco and dusty spicing – star anise. There’s are some stewed fruits and berries – particularly raspberries. Light cereal aromas and oodles aromas straight from the beehive – honey, pollen and wax.

Taste: Waxy and full-bodied. Heathery honey sits alongside wood varnish, chippings and a some very sappy and resinous oak. Fruits are quite tropical now, pineapple, guava, peaches and orange peels with a slight touch of foam bananas. There’s squeeze of citrus and some gentle sourness akin to grape juice. It’s got some nuttiness and, whilst spicing is subtle, there’s discernible cinnamon.

Finish: Long with a very nice astringency and cinnamon spicing.

The Boutique-y Glenlivet 27 year old Batch 1 is superbly put together and offers a wonderful balance of aged cask notes alongside some really pronounced tropical fruitiness. I didn’t find it took water particularly well (it dulled some of the wonderful fruits), and frankly it doesn’t need it either – delicious from the get-go. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for this bottling in the future. A wonderful start to the 2017 calendar. Strong work Boutique-y. Strong work.

Score: 91/100


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