The Glenlivet Code
The Glenlivet // Speyside, Scotland
Like the brand's Alpha and Cipher releases before it, Code is a no age statement release with no bottle information provided to the consumer...at least initially. Consumers are encouraged to scan the back of the package using the Shazam app where you'll be invited to "crack the code". Bottled at 48% ABV in a black, opaque bottle. Available in 28 markets globally beginning March 2018. Spoiler alert: The brand revealed in late 2018 that the barrels used for maturation were "a mixture of America oak barrels and selectively finished in ex-Canadian first fill Rye barrels."
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"A pretty dominant aroma of fruit, particularly orange peel is found along with musky wood and some perfumed floral notes. On the palate, the whisky is moderately oily and at 96 proof has a nice little alcohol bite at the finish. The spice factor is low with the fruit factor taking over. There's a bittersweet flavor throughout and a little nuttiness. The finish is tangy and somewhat bitter. The musky/floral factor found on the nose is also seen upon finishing. Not a lengthy end, but pleasant enough."