The Glenlivet unveils first Cognac cask-finished whisky

May 9, 2018by Owen Bellwood

Speyside single malt whisky The Glenlivet has launched its first expression finished in ex-Cognac casks, called Captain’s Reserve.

The latest release from the Pernod Ricard-owned distillery has aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks, before finishing in Limousin oak barrels that previously held Cognac. Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet master distiller, said: “We know that single malt consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous and are seeking to explore new flavour profiles and finishes in the category. “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.” This new expression, which will become part of The Glenlivet range, is a tribute to Captain William Smith Grant, great-grandson of George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet distillery. Grant fought in World War I in France before fighting for the future of his brand, as he led The Glenlivet through the difficult Prohibition years and up until the single malt revival. On the nose, Captain’s Reserve is “bursting with sweet and fruity aromas. Rich in honey and apricot jam, with notes of sweet cinnamon bread”, while the palate has “succulent flavours of mandarins in syrup, ripe poached pears and chocolate-dipped raisins”. Captain’s Reserve is bottled at 40% abv and is available globally, carrying an RRP ranging from £45-48 (US$60-65). Earlier this, The Glenlivet invited whisky enthusiasts to put their senses to the test with its latest release, The Glenlivet Code.