The Glenlivet has released a single malt finished in cognac casks that it hopes will “push the boundaries of modern scotch”.
Captain’s Reserve combines the raisin-rich intense taste of cognac with the signature citrus notes and creamy smoothness of The Glenlivet. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
It is a tribute to Captain William Smith Grant, great-grandson of George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet. The captain fought in the First World War in France before guiding the Speyside whisky brand through the challenging years of US Prohibition to the single malt revival.
Master distiller Alan Winchester said: “We know that single malt consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous and are seeking to explore new flavour profiles and finishes in the category.”
Citing the 2017 Global Cognac Insights report, he added: “Research shows that the global consumption of cognac is expected to increase by some two million cases by 2021. By introducing the cognac casks into our maturation process, we are able to capitalise on the popularity of this flavour and add another dimension to our world-renowned portfolio.
“The cognac casks’ influence will bring a real richness to the smooth and fruity style of The Glenlivet, which we’re confident new and existing single malt scotch enthusiasts will enjoy.”
According to brand owner Chivas Brothers, the whisky is “set to push the boundaries of modern Scotch through its distinctive cask combination”.
Distributed in the UK by Pernod Ricard UK, Captain’s Reserve has a recommended price in retail of £45.
Tasting notes from The Glenlivet
Nose: Bursting with sweet and fruity aromas. Rich in honey and apricot jam, with notes of sweet cinnamon bread and a subtle sensation of spicy liquorice.
Taste: Succulent flavours of mandarins in syrup, ripe poached pears and chocolate-dipped raisins.
Finish: Incredibly smooth and luscious.