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The Glenlivet Code Review

19th April 2018
Review of the mystery single malt whisky, The Glenlivet Code.

The Glenlivet CodeThe Glenlivet has once again challenged whisky connoisseurs to master their senses with the release of a third mystery single malt in this top secret Glenlivet series.

Following The Glenlivet Alpha and Cipher mystery whiskies the Speyside distillery has released The Glenlivet Code as the next mystery whisky for whisky drinkers to decipher, it is presented without cask information or tasting notes, the only info they have provided is the strength of the whisky which is 48% ABV.

The Glenlivet say that it has been inspired by the iconic British Code breakers, they tell me that this latest innovation is a unique combination of flavours that will measure the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker by entering a digital tasting experience where they will be challenged to "Unlock the Taste" of the mystery whisky.

They tell me that the mystery whisky is crafted from specially selected casks to produce a new, never-before created single malt scotch whisky.

They are challenging you to break the code and decipher the flavours you find in the whisky. To begin the decoding challenge you are invited to scan a code on the back of The Glenlivet Code bottle carton using the Shazam app to enter a virtual underground room.

There, you will be challenged to decode the taste of the mystery whisky by selecting four aromas for the nose and four flavours for the palate from several possible combinations.

After decoding the flavours of the new whisky, you will be given a score which, if you want to boast about it, you can post on social channels to see how you rank against your peers.

The official tasting notes will be revealed at the end of the year to give you the time to discover and enjoy the liquid yourself. Meanwhile if you wish to compare your decryption with mine you will find my Glenlivet Code tasting note is below.

I believe the Glenlivet Code has pretty much sold out here in the UK but if you look around the whisky retailers you may get lucky, The Whisky Barrel still had some stock at the time of typing this.

It will be available in the US from the end of April 2018 at a suggested retail price of $120 a bottle. You will also find the current Glenlivet whisky range available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

The Glenlivet Code Review

My score of 84% for deciphering The Glenlivet Code.

My decoding score of 84% from the Glenlivet website which put me in 13th position on the leader board.

The Glenlivet Code Leaderboard, I am currently in 13th position with my score of 84%.

I have to say it was difficult to choose when you can only choose just one out of three possible selections for each choice, particularly when you consider there to be a touch of a couple of the options where you can only select one but it does make you think about which option is the more intense. Good fun.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet toffee laced with red apple, a touch of cinnamon and some gentle floral notes hovering in the background.

Taste: Deliciously sweet, almost candied orange leads, this is joined by some pineapple and a lovely touch of ginger spiciness.

Finish: The sweetness bitters out, nutmeg, ginger, some drying oak and liquorice linger long into the finish.

Comment: I suspect some kind of sweet wine cask and some first fill European oak has played a part here but by going by the Glenlivet Code breaker app, I have only managed to break 84% of the code, I hope you have fun trying to do better.

Of course it is worth remembering that taste is an individual thing so don't get disheartened and think you know nothing about whisky if you get a low score using the Glenlivet app, where I get apple you may get pear, it doesn't mean you are wrong. What is important is that you enjoy the whisky. Slainte.

SMW Score 87/100

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