Spending time in the Solera Vat is what gives this expression in the signature The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve range its truly exceptional character. Alan Winchester, our Master Distiller, first triple cask matures the spirit in traditional oak, American first-fill and ex-sherry casks. He then selects the best of these casks to transfer to the Solera Vat. The vat, which is never emptied, creates a rich whisky that develops in intensity and complexity every year. The high concentration of first-fill American oak adds creaminess, soft fudge and vanilla to the spirit. But it’s the nose that grabs you – it bursts with the smell of ripe orchard fruits alongside gentle caramel notes. It’s luxurious to taste, with a honeyed sweetness and the distinct presence of juicy pears. It’s a whisky that’s packed with flavour. The Master Distiller’s Reserve collection is a rare treat, only available in Travel Retail.