Glenlivet 14 Year Cognac Cask Selection Scotch

$59.99
During the early 19th century, illegal distilleries were commonplace throughout the Speyside region of Scotland. In 1823, however, Alexander Gordon pushed the Excise Act of 1823 through Parliament. The Excise Act allowed illegal distillers throughout Scotland to apply for and obtain licenses to legally distill spirits. In 1824, a businessman named George Smith applied for one of the first licenses in the Speyside region of Scotland and opened the doors to The Glenlivet Distillery. For nearly two centuries, The Glenlivet Distillery has been producing the “single malt whisky that started it all.”

The Glenlivet's single malt Scotch whiskies are made using barley sourced from Crisp Maltings in Portgordon (a village in Moray, Scotland). After the barley has been malted and mashed, it is fermented in wooden washbacks for approximately two days. The wooden washbacks used by The Glenlivet are more difficult and expensive to maintain compared to the stainless steel washbacks used by most Scottish distilleries, but they impart a distinctive, floral quality to the whisky.

After the barley has been fermented, it is distilled twice — first through a wash still, and then again through a spirits still. Originally designed by George Smith, the copper-pot stills have a unique, lantern-like shape, which encourages contact between the whisky and the copper. The copper strips the whisky of any impurities it may have, providing a lighter, purer flavor profile.

The Glenlivet Cognac Cask Selection 14 Year is finished in hand-selected cognac casks that give the whisky a unique flavor profile of complex spicy and citrus notes, chocolate covered raisins, and smooth, fruity floral overtones. This special Glenlivet release earned an incredible 94 points at the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

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