The Glenlivet is poised to add yet another single malt to its line-up of whiskies: the “Captain’s Reserve”.
The Glenlivet “Captain’s Reserve” is single malt whisky which has been finished in Cognac casks.
Finishing The Glenlivet single malt in Cognac casks will obviously give the whisky a brandy twist, which the distillery expects will be “raisin-rich”.
“Captain’s Reserve” honours Captain William Smith Grant, the great grandson of George Smith (the founder of The Glenlivet distillery). Captain Grant was stationed in France during World War I, which explains The Glenlivet’s choice to finish the whisky in Cognac casks (which is French grape brandy from the Cognac region of France).
Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller, says:
“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.”
The Glenlivet’s “Captain’s Reserve” is available in markets around the world and is expected to retail in the United Kingdom for anywhere between £45-48.