Thanks to /u/Phreaky-Zee for this sample.
I work in marketing.
Now that you’re done yelling at your screen and downvoting me, I’ll continue.
One thing that pops up from time to time in marketing is the idea of “sourcing” ideas from your fans.
Some of these have turned out well. Lays Potato Chips has a very successful campaign.
Then there’s Mountain Dew. Or the Canadians hockey team twitter. Or whatever the fuck Tay was.
So when Glenlivet ended up announcing something similar, all I could think was “Is the whisky going to taste like Cheetos?” or “How fucking offensive can a whisky be?”
Luckily the people at Glenlivet weren’t stupid enough to have fans make their own, and rather sent three samples to their version of a street team: The Guardians of Glenlivet.
And after fighting Galactus and teaming up with a Russian dog, the Guardians did their job. They tasted and voted for the next release. That release? Albert Einstein. Not really though. It was Chuck Testa. No! Fuck!
It was Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter. This NAS has a proportion of whisky aged in ex-Spanish Sherry butt. It’s limited, bottled at a decent strength and not chill filtered.
Well that rings my bell. A whisky nerd picked dram? Well made? Sure, it’s NAS, but so are a lot of other ones.
I gotta try this! So I will! And it was in the past, but you’re reading it now! Weird! Let’s see how it tastes!
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 2.5YR 4/10
Nose: Caramel, lemon, raspberry, raisin, nutmeg, pecan
I was expecting a bunch of sherry. Instead I got a nice, slightly weak but still nice nose.
Nice amount of fruit and caramel here. Just the right amount of nuttiness too. If you’re into that kinda thing.
Taste: Strawberry, peanut, peach, grape, tannic, brown sugar
There’s the sherry influence. This screams Glenlivet, which is freaky as I’m drinking it while it does it, thus making me some sort of monster.
This is the one time I’m really enjoying the tannic element. It changes up the constant fruit elements.that I feel keeps this down. Very fruit forward.
Finish: Pepper, raspberry, blackberry, nutmeg, raisin, corn, cinnamon
Again, big fruit ending. Almost too much fruit. Also some harsh, youthful parts.
Don’t know if I like the finish. I like parts of it? Maybe it’s like a racist cousin you get along with but can’t take in big doses. Only not racist, or a human.
Conclusion: I was excited, and got… an okay dram. Not the worst thing that I’ve put in my mouth (zinger).
It’s okay. Good flavour on it, nice mixture of different fruit elements. There’s some rough spots, however it reminds me of other high proof Glenlivets. Just needs a little more time or oomph to bring it over the barrier.
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