Are you up for a challenge?
Rather than telling you all about the whisky inside the bottle, Glenlivet Code wants you to try to decipher it. They don't give you any tasting notes to try to sway your opinion, they don't tell you anything about the casks it was finished in...this is just a mystery in a matte black bottle.
Bottled at 48% abv. No age statement.
I think this is a cool concept, when done right and from a trust worthy distillery. The Glenlivet knocked it out of the park with this one, granted the original retail price of close to $150 should turn most people off, it is a great whisky at the $80 price this was picked up for at Costco.
The Glenlivet even has a website that you can take a "test" to see how close you are to figuring out what the distiller was aiming for. You can take the test here:
The Glenlivet Code game
While Mike and I didn't have the same opinions, the blog will always reflect my personal tastes. You can watch the video review to hear what we both thought.
So on the color alone I'm guessing there is some sherry influence.
Nose: On the nose it reminded me of a Japanese whisky. Floral bouquet with some citrus and pear notes, sweet vanilla like notes and hints of light peat smoke.
Taste: In a word, complex. It's balanced with waves of flavors that change through out the mouth and the finish. Lovely whisky with definite sweetness and I'm swearing, this is lightly peated :)
Finish: It clings for a while, it's medium-long fruits (apple, pear)and my brain still picks up an oiliness and flavor of peat. (Whether lightly peated in the malt or from a finished barrel that previously held a peated whisky)
Overall I think this is a great tasting whisky that might just be prices a bit too high, but sadly that's the trend whisky is taking these days. I think it should be priced closer to the $80 range to fly off the shelves. Triple digit priced whiskies are always a hard sell.
Have you tried The Code yet? If so, what did you think?
Watch the full review, and sometimes opposing views, in the video below.
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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