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Possible Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Whiskies Reviewed

7th December 2013
Have you voted yet for your choice of whisky to be bottled as The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter whisky? If not and you haven't had a chance to taste the three contenders then you may be interested in my review of the three possible whiskies which are competing to be chosen.

As the Glenlivet whisky fans amongst you will probably know by now The Glenlivet has invited its global community of whisky fans, The Guardians of The Glenlivet, to select its next limited edition release, The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter.

Master Distiller Alan Winchester has created three exciting new single malt whiskies from the Glenlivet distillery’s exceptional cask collection and has classified the three whiskies by their taste:

Classic – 48.7% ABV – non chill filtered
Notes of honey and caramel are able to be tasted due to the Spanish and American oak casks.

Exotic – 48.7% ABV – non chill filtered
A darker and deeper flavour is developed from the use of sherry casks.

Revival – 48.7% ABV – non chill filtered
The refill bourbon casks deliver hints of vanilla, fresh fruit and crème brûlée.

In recent months The Glenlivet has been touring the world showcasing the whiskies at tasting events and giving Glenlivet fans the chance to sample all three whiskies and select the expression which they want to become The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter. The Glenlivet have visited Australia, USA, UK, Canada, India, South Africa and Japan to name but a few but the time is now fast approaching for the final tasting event and for the votes to be counted.

The voting as it stands at the moment has the darker and deeper flavoured Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Exotic in the lead with 39% of the votes closely followed by the honey and caramel flavoured Classic and in third palce and possibly out of the running at this stage is the vanilla, fresh fruity and crème brûlée flavoured Revival.

Following the final tasting event this month, the Guardians’ votes will be counted on December 11th and the winning whisky will be proclaimed "The Guardians’ Chapter”. A limited run of 2000 9 litre cases will be released globally from February 2014.

For those of you who haven't yet cast your vote and haven't had the chance to taste the three whiskies I thought I would add my opinion of the three whiskies. You don't need to have tasted the three whiskies to vote you can simply vote for the whisky which appeals to you most. To vote simply head over to The Glenlivet website, you will need to register (its free) to be able to vote.

The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Revival Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Ex American and Sherry oak barrels, 48.5% ABV

Nose: The nose is a delicate mix of honey and vanilla mingling with the Glenlivet's lovely pear note. Some richer more exotic ripe fruity notes in the background.

Taste: Smooth creamy mouthfeel with some lovely fruit, pear, pineapple and some delicious sweet vanilla oak spices.

Finish: A medium length finish with a touch of lemon, honey and sweet vanilla oak spices.

Comment: A lovely expression of the Glenlivet but it is in some very good company tonight and my 3rd choice of the 3 whiskies.

SMW Score 90/100

The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Classic Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Ex American and Sherry oak barrels, 48.5% ABV

Nose:  A lovely balance of rich fruit and vanilla. Deliciously inviting vanilla tablet and almost concentrated mild sherried fruit. A touch of orange zest and a hint of the Glenlivet pear in the background.

Taste: A burst of raisins, red apples, creamy vanilla toffee reminding us of the oak it has spent years maturing in followed by orange zest, dark chocolate, honey all lightly coated in delicious spices.

Finish: Juicy tangy fruit. Cocoa, vanilla, fudge. A touch drying slowly fading mild sherry oak.

Comment: It was a close call but this is my runner up. Well named, a classic Glenlivet indeed, a lovely balance of vanilla and sherry.

SMW Score 92/100

The Glenlivet Guardians Chapter Exotic Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Ex American and Sherry oak barrels, 48.5% ABV

Nose: Burnt sugar, raisin and fruitcake, toasty vanilla, toffee.

Taste: Rich, full bodied. Burnt raisins, orange, pear, fresh apples, toffee, nutmeg a touch of cinnamon and dry ginger dusted with a gentle sweet vanilla oak spice.

Finish: A deliciously long rich lingering dark sherried mildly drying finish. Some spicy oaky notes.

Comment: If I was to choose a whisky out of the three, this would be it, lovely big fruitcake notes as you would expect given the use of ex-Oloroso sherry butts in the creation of the Exotic and these have obviously been quality sherry butts that have been used. A very very close call for me between the Exotic and the Classic but my choice tonight is for the Exotic. Definitely my winner, I want a whole bottle of this.

Just a thought, why cant they release all three bottles!

SMW Score 93/100

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