It has not been a great week and it doesn't look to get much better any time soon but one can't dwell on it and have it run (or is that ruin?) everything. With that in mind I went out to the garage, turned on the heat poured the last of my bottle of French Oak Reserve in my glass took notes for this review and then fired up a PSD4 with a few years on it. Here is the result of my efforts.
The Glenlivet French Oak Reserve is the upgrade of the old 12 yo French Oak Finish which isn't made any longer. Unlike most scotch which uses old bourbon casks for maturation this uses a selective maturation in new Limousin French Oak casks, usually reserved for wine. "This has added delicate overtones of the spices highly prized in fine wines, while perfectly complementing the subtle elegance of the original malt," explains Jim Cryle, Master Distiller at The Glenlivet Distillery.
The color in the glass is a pale straw which does seem to be a bit lighter then the standard 12 yo but that fits since the French Oak casks aren't charred like the old bourbon casks. The nose hints at apples and flowers with muted spices floating together. The taste is medium firm with cinnamon, malt and apples in the mix but refined and subtle. The finish is smooth with a slight hint of cherries way at the back of the tongue and it lasts a medium length of time.
A distinct improvement over the 12 yo and a solid performer that does well with French Oak while being an interesting edition for anyone looking for something a bit different.
Edited by AVB, 20 December 2008 - 03:58 PM.