The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter

It is indeed a special moment when you hold a limited edition whisky in your hands after it has been hand-delivered in a branded wooden box. But it is even a rarer moment when that whisky is one that you had voted for.

The Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter
The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter

The Guardian’s Chapter – as this limited edition is known – is the distillery’s first crowd-sourced single malt, where fans of The Glenlivet played a significant role in its release.

The search for the winning expression began in September 2013 at an industry dinner held at Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney. Three expressions by The Glenlivet Master Distiller, Mr Alan Winchester were made available – Revival, Classic and Exotic – with the winning vote being Exotic. The launch was followed by a series of in-store tasting and voting sessions held nationally with the voting continuing around the world for six months.

Gourmantic Quoted on The Glenlivet Website

The Guardian’s Chapter expression has a rich and exotic taste profile that comes from ageing in Hogsheads and American oak barrels with the addition of a proportion of whisky from Spanish ex-sherry butts.

On the nose, the whisky exhibits aromas of Christmas cake, clove and cinnamon with orange while on the palate, the warmth of spice is complemented with raisins, dark chocolate and orange zest culminating is a long and dry finish – a truly indulgent dram worthy of the Guardians’ Chapter.

Only 2,000 cases of the limited edition are available globally. The Glenlivet Guardians’ Chapter is now available exclusively at Vintage Cellars for the price of $114.99 per bottle.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.