Another hosted tasting, this time from one of one of the biggest, baddest single malt Scotch whisky distilleries around – The Glenlivet! Peter Metheven, rockstar and brand ambassador for Pernod Ricard swung by to impress us with his knowledge and woo us with his whisky.
Kicking off the tasting was the absolutely classic Glenlivet 12 YO (43%) – a dependable, much-loved Scotch which can be blamed for getting many of us into whisky in the first place.
From there we dived straight into the brand spanking new Founder’s Reserve, the soon-to-be replacement for the 12 in the South African market. Those are some massive shoes to fill… but surprisingly, instead of simply being a NAS replacement the Founder’s Reserve is actually a significant departure from its 12 year old big brother: it eschews the orchard fruits for a style that’s rich, creamy and buttery. A unique taste that raised more than a few eyebrows!
Finally we were treated to two whisky-snob approved bottles – both first-fill, cask-strength, natural colour and non-chill-filtered. The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill (American cask, 60.4%) and the Nàdurra Oloroso (59.7%) both stole the show for being big, heavy, impactful – and surprisingly great value. We’re definitely going to have to snap up a couple of these bad boys and run them head-to-head – they were considered exceptional whiskies by even the saltiest and snobbiest among us.
A big thank you to Peter Methven from for his time, expertise and passion, and to my friend (and gentleman of quality) Eugene Lenford for bringing it all together. An absolute cracker of an evening!