How is the Glenlivet 21?
Funny you should ask....that's one of the reasons I started this thread.
I'm running a tasting event next week, and one of the whiskies on the table will be an SMWS Glenlivet, a 21yo. It's from a refill hogshead, which I believe probably had its origins as an ex-bourbon barrel.
I want to compare it with an OB Glenlivet, and I was tossing up between the 12 and the 18.
The 18 is a better choice age-wise, because comparing an 18 with a 21 is at least in a similar age bracket. However, the OB 18yo does have a bit of sherry sweetness, and the SMWS 21yo is less sweet.
From a flavour-matching point of view, it would be better to compare the SMWS 21yo with the OB 12yo - the flavour profiles are at least in the same ballpark. However, the SMWS 21yo is an extremely good and tasty bottling, and it will make the 12yo seem very poor. Not that I
have a problem with this, but many in the audience might think that it's because of the age difference, and I don't want people to get the mistaken impression that an older whisky is a better whisky.
Thanks to everyone for your comments!