Especially targeted towards the wanderlust-fueled, jet setting purveyors of good whisky, The Glenlivet has released a new signature collection — The Glenlivet Triple Cask Series, a special travel exclusive available at airport Duty Free. Created by an expert team of whisky makers, with contributions from master distiller Alan Winchester, the series offers a showcase of whiskies matured in three different types of cask, while accentuating the complex depth of the classic, floral and fruity Glenlivet single malt we’ve come to know and love.
Using three cask types in varying proportions — American White Oak, Traditional, and Ex-sherry — the whiskies have been matured to produce three unique and fascinating whiskies, the Distiller’s Reserve, the White Oak Reserve, and the Rare Cask. Here’s everything you need to know about the exclusive collection.
How Exactly Does the Cask Affect the Whisky Experience?
Intrinsic to its flavour and depth, the cask in which a whisky matures can be considered what makes or breaks a malt — just as wines are drastically different depending on the terroir, a white oak cask’s offerings can be worlds apart from an ex-sherry. The Glenlivet’s three-powered Triple Cask series offers a nuanced expression of how varying casks can add depth and complexity to the classic The Glenlivet Single Malt. As for what to expect, the attributes of each cask can loosely be surmised into the following palettes.
Traditional Casks: Known to yield consistency and balance — in a way, the makings of an ideal whisky — traditional casks are known to help the craftsman achieve a nuanced blend, that comes with a hint of oakiness in taste.
American White Oak Casks: Favoured by the sweet-toothed, whisky matured in these casks are often more creamy and full-bodied, coming in a sweet flavour tinged by hints of vanilla.
Ex-Sherry Casks: You have the sweet, and then you have the spicy. For more complex offerings, ex-sherry casks bring out influences of rich, dry fruits and spices.
Which Triple Cask Series Member is Yours?
What’s most exceptional about this travel-exclusive cask series is how each member comes with very, very different attributes. But which to try, if not all? From sweet and fruity, to rich with a touch of ginger, here we’ve summed up which Triple Cask Series member is best suited to your palettes.
If you like balanced and fruity: The Glenlivet Distiller’s Reserve
A smooth harmony of fruity notes and sweet pear, The Glenlivet Distiller’s Reserve is a classic Speyside single malt whisky that’s been equally influenced by three different casks, to offer a deep, rich flavour that goes from fruity and floral, creamy and sweet with a touch of dried fruit and spice. Expect a nose that bursts with ripe pear and soft fudge, followed by a slightly dry taste of spicy orange marmalade tang. The finish is so very sweet, offering an after-taste of marzipan and fresh hazelnuts.
If you like sweet and velvety: The Glenlivet White Oak Reserve
For the sweet-toothed whiskey purveyor, The Glenlivet White Oak Reserve is all about honeyed sweetness, taking classic American white oak flavours and adding touches of vanilla. Velvety and smooth, the nose flows with the aroma of ripe orchards and gentle notes of creamy caramel, while a sip offers a luxurious character amplified by flavours of juicy pears.
If you like rich and spicy: The Glenlivet Rare Cask
The hand-selected Rare Cask member of the series, The Glenlivet Rare Cask is bottled and released in small batches, all uniquely numbered. Arguably the most complex of the three, the hand-selected casks — most of which are ex-sherry oaks — result in dark fruit and spice flavours with a dry finish. Subtle fruit notes of peaches drenched in syrup dominate the nose, with an underlying hint of ginger, while the taste is perfectly balanced — with warm flavours of fruity marmalade and subtle notes of vanilla and liquorice.
The Glenlivet Triple Cask Series is best enjoyed neat, or with a splash of natural spring water, and are available exclusively for travellers at airport Duty Free Shops. theglenlivet.com