MacKillop’s Choice – Cask strenght
Distilled : 4/10/1990 – Bottled :April 2011 – Cask number : 22393 – Alcool : 52,70 %
Glenlivet Whisky generally has characteristics associated with the River Livet: it is clear, subtle and elegant. It is often drunk as an aperitif. The Glenlivet offers a fresh and spring-profile marked by citrus and flowers.
La distillerie The Glenlivet
En plein cœur du Speyside près de Ballindalloch, dans les Highlands, autrement dit une appellation dans une autre, la distillerie Glenlivet se trouve au bord de la Livet qui est un affluent de la rivière Spey.
La route traverse le bocage où chaque carrefour vous plonge dans des abîmes de perplexité : « Quelle distillerie vais-je visiter maintenant ? »…Aberlour, Tomintoul, Tamnavulin, Cragganmore ne sont en effet qu’à quelques pas !
En 1824, la distillerie de Glenlivet fondée par George et son plus jeune fils, James Gordon Smith, se situait à Upper Drumin.
The Glenlivet offre un profil frais et printanier marqué par les agrumes et les fleurs.
The Bottler : MacKillop’s Choice
Even though individual casks of whisky are distilled on the same day at the same distillery, the whiskies’ flavours and tastes, after maturation in separate casks, may differ widely. Lorne’s personal selection, Mackillop’s Choice, gives the connoisseur the opportunity to savour the rich quality and unique taste of single cask whiskies from different distilleries and of different ages.
Due to each cask’s distinctiveness, once the cask has been bottled, it cannot be replaced. Whiskies from distilleries that are no longer producing are especially demanded by collectors, owing to the dwindling availability of these casks.
All casks to be bottled as Mackillop’s Choice have been selected by Lorne Mackillop himself after careful tasting. He selects only those casks that have matured with an excellent balance of flavours.
These flavours derive from the original spirit, having been tempered by many years in an oak cask. The whisky extracts from the oak great complexity of flavour, by a process that is still not fully understood.
Lorne rejects approximately 80% of the cask samples that he tastes as not being of sufficient high quality to bear the label of Mackillop’s Choice.
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.
But why can we find as many distilleries in that area? As it was hardly accessible in the past, Speyside used to provide a good protection for distilleries that were usually illegal at that time. Later, when the railway was introduced and the roads were improved, the region still had the required infrastructure to interest investors. Besides, it met all the necessary conditions for whisky manufacturing, which are water, peat and barley in quantity.