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This whisky has been reviewed very well, so I figured I owed it to The Glenlivet to try it, and give it a fair shake. This malt is a pretty light colored dram, coming in about pale straw. This expression is bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Pretty malty, with floral notes and a faint honey and vanilla. Not the best nose, but not bad. I could probably enjoy this for a while, but it won't win any awards. On second approach I'm getting some ripe fruit, but its pretty faint. Sliced pears? Definitely a little freshness to it. The nose is getting better.
Body: Stand up kind of body. Plenty of mouth feel to keep it interesting.
Palate: Spice comes in nicely. Not exactly sweet, but very pleasant. Very malty.
Finish: Pretty decent finish. Medium long, with some spice coming in. Nice fruity finish; not sweet, but stewed fruits.
All in all, this is a decent dram. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me, but at the same time, I wouldn't pay more than $35 for it.