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Bought this for $45 during an after christmas sale. Normally $65 or so in Wisconsin. The wife told me i could open it only after we finished our other open bottles so... we had some friends over and finished the others up! Cracked this open last night to enjoy with a movie. This is our first cask strength scotch. Nose: VANILLA! Very prominent, but there seems to be a whole bakery in there. Like walking into a doghnut shop early in the morning. Sugar cookies, and a bit of alcohol. Not as strong alcohol smell as i expected for the abv. Sweetness of a fruit, maybe raspberry. I could nose this for hours, and, in fact, poured myself a second dram just for the smell. It lasts for a good long time.
Palate: Again, a lack of burn for the abv. Very easy to sip neat. Vanilla comes through, as does the cookie. The fruit gets a little stronger, but not as fruity as other Glenlivets like the 12 or 18. Honey. Not super complicated but much better than the 12 15 or 18 options. Very smooth but kind of numbing.
Finish: Numbs the tongue and roof of the mouth for quite a while after swallowing. Vanilla again in the sinuses. Fruit comes out most in the finish here. Medium long.
This is a sweet dram that has its place as a dessert or after dinner drink. For the sale price I found It would be a great weekly sip to add variety from the daily dram. My wife loves this scotch, and the fact that vanilla ties all three a aspects together is very niceas a balance. I love it. Iwill have to find the batch number and will add it later. It should be noted that other reviewers have noticed a difference in batches, so the number could be important if you are comparing your bottle to this review and find some discrepencies.