The Glenlivet Cipher & Friends

TheGlenlivetCipherThe Glenlivet has unveiled a mysterious single malt, The Glenlivet Cipher. This single malt has no cask information or tasting notes. This is going to be a challenge.

Presented in a fantastic black box, Cipher came along with The Glenlivet Founder’s reserve, the 12 yr old and the 15 yr old. Just like the big brother bottle, the small Cipher has also the great opaque black look and just look at the black whiskyglass.

“Did you know that your nose could pick up 35.000 different smells and aroma’s?”

“But don’t worry, you only need to choose six”
(Alan Winchester)

I’ve looked up Cipher, this is a way of changing a message to keep it secret. Let’s see if I can reveil this secret, with the other tasters. The great thing is, that this event is also a bit interactive with a lot of clues, on the bottle and online.

When you are curious and would like to know more about this mysterious whisky, just go here for The Glenlivet Cipher experience, which Alan Winchester will unveil and do the test. Curious, how this went with me and the others? You can have a peek on twitter #theglenlivetcipher

The tasting notes:

The Glenlivet 12 yr old

  • Color: Lovely Gold
  • Nose: Exotic, Papaya a scent of palmtrees, wet tones, sultana’s
  • Taste: lovely, smooth, young, pineapples, peachy, bit tingling on the tongue
  • Finish: A lovely medium and soft finish with vanilla

The Glenlivet 15 yr old

  • Color: Lovely Gold
  • Nose: Gingerbread, soft, hints of fresh chopped mangoes, spices, cinnamon, garden herbs
  • Taste: Lovely trail of spices, exotic chocolate and banana
  • Finish: Medium, tingling and peppery

The Glenlivet Founder’s reserve

  • Color: Lovely Gold
  • Nose: Lovely hints of sweet caramel, sliced pear, oranges, mandarin and a hint of mint
  • Taste: Lovely mix of spices exotic fruit, mango but also toffee and a hint of anise and brown sugar
  • Finish: Long warm and exotic notes

The Glenlivet Cipher

  • Color: Medium Gold
  • Nose: Warm honey, vanilla, stewed pear, smashed bananas, a lot of tropical hints. A complexity of gooseberries, candied fruit, a touch of raspberry jam, caramel along with sultanas and hints of ginger
  • Palate: Caramel, toffee, honey, hints of chocolate, warm stewed pears, green apples, cinnamon and some floral notes as wel
  • Finish: Long and lingering

Thoughts in a nutshell:

This evening was amazing, just what I needed. And founding out the notes online to match with a high score, a challenge. My score? 73% … but didn’t signed in as a quardian. So .. thanks again Steve and The Glenlivet for an evening of joy and a lot of mystery and adventure.



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