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6 Best After Dinner Sipping Whiskies

When it comes to after dinner drinks, many opt for a light cocktail or Cognac. But did you know scotch is actually one of the better spirits to sip once the plates are cleared?

Whisky is a classic digestif, meaning it can actually help to aid digestion after a meal. Since it’s a high-proof drink, it stimulates the stomach enzymes to break down food, so can be effective after a heavy meal. Just remember to sip slowly and responsibly – too much could reverse the effect. 

Aside from its benefits, scotch whisky is also a delicious note to end the night on. Smooth, sweet and slightly spiced, there’s plenty of flavours to be found from the essence of dark chocolate to rich dried fruits and creamy vanilla. Sip solo or pair with your dessert for an indulgent finish.

If you’re looking to up your game when it comes to post-supper serves, make sure to try one of these after dinner whiskies, our very best from The Glenlivet collection.

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is an exceptional choice for an after dinner whisky. Its flavour profile is wonderfully balanced, offering a smooth and gentle sipping experience. Bright top notes of tropical fruit bring a refreshing vibrancy, complemented by subtle hints of vanilla and oak.

What sets this iconic whisky apart is its light yet rich character, making it an ideal digestif. The whisky’s creamy mouthfeel and warmly spiced finish create a satisfying end to any meal. Its approachable nature ensures it can be enjoyed by both seasoned whisky drinkers and those new to the spirit, making it a versatile addition to your after dinner drinks repertoire.

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

For those who appreciate a modern take on tradition, The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a must-try. This scotch whisky captures the essence of The Glenlivet’s signature style, paying homage to our founder George Smith who started it all, using traditional oak casks alongside American first-fill casks to deliver its creamy flavour profile.

Expect vibrant notes of pear and citrus on the first sip, adding a delightful freshness that’s soon balanced by a hint of toffee and a touch of maltiness. The finish is clean and slightly sweet, leaving a lingering warmth that’s comforting without being overpowering. This whisky’s creamy texture and nod to tradition makes it a charming option for rounding off your evening.

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old brings a touch of sophistication to your after dinner drinks. Aged in French Limousin oak casks, this single malt boasts a rich and layered flavour profile. Discover top notes of ripe peach and creamy vanilla, intertwined with hints of spice and oak. A combination that creates a complex yet harmonious taste that’ll intrigue guests.

What makes this scotch stand out is its velvety smoothness and depth. The French oak casks, typically used for cognac, add a unique spiciness and nuttiness, enhancing its overall character. A lingering finish, with subtle notes of almond and cinnamon, makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a more refined after dinner whisky.

The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve

For a truly unique after dinner whisky experience, The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve is an exceptional choice. Expect a symphony of dried fruit flavours, with standout notes of raisin, apricot and a hint of honey. 

Finished in Cognac casks, this whisky combines the best of both worlds, bringing together the rich heritage of scotch and the luxurious notes of Cognac – it’s what really sets this whisky apart. Lush and indulgent richness with a beautifully balanced sweetness is perfect for ending a meal with.

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old is a masterclass in balance and complexity, making it an excellent choice for an after dinner whisky. This well-aged spirit offers a rich tapestry of flavours, from the initial burst of sweet caramel and toffee to the underlying notes of oak and spice. There’s also a delicate hint of dried fruit and dark chocolate, adding layers of depth to each sip.

The maturation process involves a mix of both American and European oak casks, which contribute to the whisky’s sophisticated blend of sweet and savoury notes. The careful selection of casks and extended ageing bring out a harmonious and deeply enjoyable experience. Making it perfect for those moments when you want to savour something truly special at the end of your meal.

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old

For an indulgent and truly memorable after dinner drink, The Glenlivet 21 Year Old stands out as a top choice. This exceptional whisky is aged to perfection, offering a rich and complex flavour profile with an array of notes from sweet honey and ripe apricot to a subtle hint of spice and oak. 

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old is matured in a combination of American oak and ex-sherry casks, which imparts a refined elegance and complexity. The extended ageing process gives this whisky its remarkable smoothness and depth. Whilst the long, lingering finish leaves a warm, satisfying mouthfeel. It’s the ideal single malt for ending a special occasion with.

Discover more ways to experience whisky whilst hosting including the best whisky and food pairings, tips on how to taste whisky and our guide to cooking with whisky. There’s also plenty more ways to enjoy The Glenlivet from top dinner party cocktails to our favourite elegant cocktail recipes.