This is the 18 year expression that is part of Glenlivet’s core range. It’s finished in sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Exceptionally fruity sherry verging on a fruit punch vibe. French vanilla, toasted oak, figs, and molasses.
Palate: Peppery oak with fruit punch notes dialed down a bit. Caramelized apples and mushrooms give it a more savory character.
Finish: Short lived with vanilla, oak, fino-style sherry, and black pepper.
Rating: 88/100 – I’d love to taste this at higher proof, but a great pour nonetheless.
Value for the money: These have risen quite a bit in price over time, but it appears they’re now retailing from $80-$100+. I think it’s still a good pickup at $80 although that’s a bit on the high side considering these used to retail around $60.