The Guardians have spoken! In late 2013, Glenlivet sent out samples of three different single malts to the Guardians of Glenlivet all over the world and let them choose what would be the next release for the distillery. The winner was this limited edition exotic single malt, which features a proportion of ex-Spanish Sherry butt matured whisky. The Glenlivet Guards’ Chapter has plenty of plump raisin, dark chocolate and warming spice notes to keep the Guardians happy.
Aroma:Very dark and rich, a good dose of deep cocoa. Some red fruits mixed with a touch of fire embers. Rich Christmas cake
Flavours:Surprisingly mellow on first taste, before rich sticky fruit comes through.
Character: Long and dark.
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The Guardian’s Chapter – as this limited edition is known – is the distillery’s first crowd-sourced single malt, where fans of The Glenlivet played a significant role in its release.
The search for the winning expression began in September 2013 at an industry dinner held at Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney. Three expressions by The Glenlivet Master Distiller, Mr Alan Winchester were made available – Revival, Classic and Exotic – with the winning vote being Exotic. The launch was followed by a series of in-store tasting and voting sessions held nationally with the voting continuing around the world for six months.
The Guardian’s Chapter expression has a rich and exotic taste profile that comes from ageing in Hogsheads and American oak barrels with the addition of a proportion of whisky from Spanish ex-sherry butts.
On the nose, the whisky exhibits aromas of Christmas cake, clove and cinnamon with orange while on the palate, the warmth of spice is complemented with raisins, dark chocolate and orange zest culminating is a long and dry finish – a truly indulgent dram worthy of the Guardians’ Chapter.
Only 2,000 cases of the limited edition are available globally. The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter is now available exclusively at Vintage Cellars for the price of $114.99 per bottle.
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