FB : The Glenlivet
Thanks for the wonderful invitation, I recently went to a private launching function of The Glenlivet Cipher at one of The Glenlivet Guardians’ regularly held tasting events in Kuala Lumpur.
Released with no cask information, tasting notes, nor age statement, The Glenlivet Cipher challenges whisky enthusiasts to use all their senses to decode the flavor profile of this mysterious single malt.
“The Glenlivet Cipher is a mystery. All your senses will be tested, as you decode its secret tasting notes. You may even have the makings of a master distiller,” said Alan Winchester, Master Distiller of The Glenlivet.
“The Guardians of The Glenlivet will be the very first people to taste the Cipher in Malaysia,” said Brand Manager Benedict Yong of Pernod Ricard Malaysia. “It is one of the privileges of being one of The Guardians. We also made it a challenge right from the beginning as a tribute to this unique limited edition single malt. We ran with the theme of decoding a mystery; invitations were sent out to the event without the venue name. Guests had to follow clues to arrive at the event venue and also crack a code that would allow them to enter,” he added.
I was taken in groups through a sensory game, while blind-folded, to decipher certain aroma elements that were representative of The Glenlivet Cipher.
Winners of the game got to take home some small prizes at the end of the evening.
Those interested can head to The Glenlivet Cipher microsite to test their nose and palate at cipher.theglenlivet.com. There, a video with clues to help decode the whisky will be provided. They will then have to select six aromas for the nose and six flavors for the palate, thus creating the flavor wheel out of over 10,000 possible combinations. On completion, a percentage score will reveal how close they have come to cracking The Glenlivet Cipher taste profile. Their score can be shared on social media, and the challenge can be repeated as many times as they want.
The Glenlivet Cipher will retail for RM780 per bottle, inclusive 6% GST. As this is a limited edition whisky, the Cipher will first be made available to The Glenlivet Guardians, before being released for retail purchase at selected outlets. The official tasting notes will be revealed exclusively to The Glenlivet Guardians at a later date.
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