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I previously tasted the Glenlivet 12 Year Old and the no longer made 12 Year Old French Oak Finish (replaced by the 15 Year Old French Oak) and now this 18 Year Old, of which I had received a sample from my friend Niek.
I find the nose wonderful. It's a delicate balancing of flavours: quite a bit of flowery aromas and fresh, sweet fruits. Add to that some sherry and even a pinch of peat and you have a nose that will make you long for more.
On the palate, it's the red fruits that take center stage, accompanied by caramelised pears, sherry and malt. The whole is seasoned with some spices and there is influence of the oak as well.
The finish is warm, hearthy with peat in the background. This is not a very complex dram, but slightly spiced and with a battle between sweet and bitter, it's a very nice one. In any case, this one puts the 12 Year Old to shame in every respect.