Nothing to write home about. I'd rather have the 15, the XX or the higher-strength Distillery Edition, all of which are available at comparable prices.
Fruity and malty at first, followed by creamy, vanilla-and-marzipan notes from the wood. The fruit is bright, sweet, and delicate, even shading a bit into floral territories. If I was having this blind, I would in all probability guess that I was dealing with an Irish rather than a Scotch whisky. With more time, the signature notes of (younger) Glenfiddich emerge, most prominently pears and almonds, along with some distant spices like cardamom and nutmeg. Noses, I have to say, a lot younger than its stated age of 14 years.
Going by the nose alone, the 15-year Glenlivet ("French Oak Reserve", was it?) beats this rival expression handily. The sweetness here is almost cloying (saccharine, if I may risk redundancy) and the estery, fruity aromas appear young and somewhat too brash.
Thin and watery, less fruity and sweet than the nose suggested. The oak that the name promised does indeed kick in on the mid-palate, halfway through the development, and offer some prickly, spicy (and somewhat more "stately") rewards. As is often the case, once the first sip has gone down and transformed the initial nosing impression, the nose also changes subsequently, and becomes more dusty / oaky and older as the fruit recedes into the background. I'd say it improves somewhat.
Initially pleasant with mild, rather civilized oakiness but all in all, a short and lackluster affair.