Nose: Toffee, raisins and Sultanas join with malt and create a fruit cake.
Palate: Starts with honey. A great balance. Orange, ginger, malt and vanilla combines with honey and cover the palate.
Finish: Long and warm. Raisins and winter spices are notable.
The Glenlivet 18 is a whisky of many words. Elegant, rich, complex, a whisky for the autumn, rain, leather boots and consistency.
I have been drinking Glenlivet 18 for a long time and I can say that balance and consistency is so important for this dram. The barrel composition can be felt clearly as tropical fruits and spices meet in a delicate way.
I prefer this whisky when the autumn comes with some rain in accompany. Over the years my feeling did not change too much for Glenlivet 18.
My only concern is the texture. I sometimes wish that it was a little bit chewy and those beautiful notes could accompany my autumn cigar.