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Honestly, I am not trying to bash Glenlivet. I am just trying to give my thoughts on this dram (and to give anyone interested a sense of my flavor profile). I would keep a bottle around if the price was more in range with what I consider are its peers.
Nose: Fresh sharp green sour apples followed by grass and lemon. Apples really dominate here. With time more fruits come out: pineapple, pear, and grapes. Now I’m picking up on the caramel. Can’t tell if it is a caramel e150a or just the kind that flattens out scotch.
Taste: Citrus and apples. Now a flattening of the taste – my guess is the caramel.
Finish: Sharp ending with little wave or crest. It is hot with hints of apple wood, oak and hints of smoke.
Balance, Complexity: Not very complex unless you count apples. Very unbalanced with the caramel flattening out so much on the palate.
Color, Body, Aesthetic experience: Nice golden amber. Medium to medium-light bodied. I like the bottle and label a lot. Wish the whisky was better.
Conclusion: I have tried this a few times over the years. Had a half full bottle give to me recently my the in-laws. My guess is that it has been open and half full for over 8 years. I put it side by side with a 50mL sample bottle . . . almost the exact same score. It really is all about the same wit this one.