1997 Glenlivet 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Sherry Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml

SKU #1142681

Although we didn't advertise it at the time, we actually selected this first-fill sherry barrel of Glenlivet from Signatory as part of our 2012 trip. We thought the whisky was simply outstanding, a shining example of what the classic Speyside distillery can accomplish when one fantastic barrel is isolated from the rest of the batch. What we wanted to do was wait until this cask hit its 16th birthday, then bottle it immediately. You could tell it was right on the cusp of greatness, but it just needed an extra year. While the standard Glenlivet expressions are soft and supple on the palate, they rarely exhibit the amount of fresh sherry influence that this 16 year old barrel exudes. The result is a whisky that's more like Macallan or Glendronach than what we think of as Glenlivet. Toffee, raisined fruit, baking spices, and cocoa came blasting out of the glass when we first pulled the sample straight from the barrel. This whisky was a beast! Since we knew that a cask of Glenlivet would encompass a larger tent of customers than some of our more esoteric selections, we thought that proofing the whisky down to 46% might be a good idea in this case. After tasting it we knew this was the right move. The spice and heat turn into creamy, unctuous sherry, melting over the palate at a slow crawl. While the whisky isn't at full proof, it is still non-chill filtered and from one single barrel. For the price, it's hard to find a single fault with this single malt. (David Driscoll)

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/8/2013  | Send Email
I do not normally like Scotch whisky at all, but when I tasted this with our staff I was very pleasantly surprised at how approachable and elegant the Glenlivet 16 was. It was not overly peaty or burning on the finish, it had wonderful aromas roasted nuts and a hint of caramel. I like to add a drop or two of water to keep it really palatable. Great winter sipping ahead!

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2013  | Send Email
If you're a fan of Macallan 18 year, give this Signatory 16 year a try and enjoy a nice meal with the money you've saved! The nose offers a pretty sweet sherry note along with honey, spice, a hint of dried orange peel, toffee and apricot. The palate delivers a complex wave of flavors with a long finish. Perfect for the cool nights to come.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2013  | Send Email
This is easily one of the top two casks that the Davidís brought back from their trip this year. This is the best example of why you make the effort to go to Scotland, there is so much quality for the price it is unbelievable. 16 years spent in Sherry gives you richness, toffee, toasted pecan, rich buttery texture that coats your mouth with decadence. Glenlivet turned up on the decadence scale has so much more depth and complexity than the regular bottling, fantastic Whisky!

By: Joel Nicholas |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/30/2013  | Send Email
Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the single malt drinker in your life? Stop. Look no further. Youíve found it. This is a generous whisky full of baking spice and candied fruits on the mid-palate. Itís decadent, certainly, but not over the top- an easy whisky to love for both aficionados and folks just starting to explore single malt whisky.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2013  | Send Email
This decadent single Sherry barrel malt is my number one pick for fans of Macallan who are fed up of the price increases that seem to come nearly once a month. This is dark stuff with round, walnut like aromatics and rich viscous texture. It finishes very round and easy, but not at all sweet, and tastes like it should be over $100 instead of well under. Take advantage of this great deal in mature single malt!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2013  | Send Email
If you like a single malt that is rich and round with no smoke and easy to drink this is a wonderful selection. The sherry aging comes through providing pornounced flavors and a lot of pleasure.There is an interesting and nice long finish. The finish has a hint of toast. The two Daivds selected a single malt that should please most single malt drinkers.

By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2013  | Send Email
The Sherry casking has had its way with the Glenlivet here, taking the malt in a luscious, opulent direction. The nose is heavily rancio, with plenty of salty, honeyed, toasted nut goodness practically oozing out of the glass. The palate turns to spice, baked apple, toffee and fruit cake, with a plush mouthfeel. Despite all this, at its heart, this is not an essentially "fat" spirit, and it therefore wears this extra raiment with a measure of grace, never seeming heavy or cloying.

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/10/2013  | Send Email
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This one's for fans of glendronach, macallan 18, and johnnie blue. Dark and rich, filled with coffee, caramel, nut, and chocolate flavors, this is a decadent single cask that no whiskey drinker will kick out of bed.
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 By: CHARLES HUNT |  Review Date: 11/25/2013 
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This is a complex, enormous gem which steps outside the Glenlivet box. Deep (natural) color, with an explosive sherry aroma. Beautifully understated on sweetness, and very light on the classic hazelnut flavor from this distillery. Multiple nut and toffee flavors, with a light vanilla and wood note competing with the sherry background. No island smoke or peat elements here. There are several Speyside and Highland brands with this style in mind, and a few achieve it; but none at this price. I bought this one stepping out on a limb; but I am overwhelmed with the overall excellence. Bravo.

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Alcohol Content (%): 46