That is why it makes no sense to blindly follow the recommendations (or scores) of so-called experts, tastes are (by genetic disposition) very different so there is no and never will be no accounting for taste. Just find out about your own preferences, blind spots and sensitivities (in comparison to others) and you will be able to identify both the drams you like and dislike with a good hit-rate...
...and I like this dram very much (it seems I am in good company with many other WB members). This is a fine old (traditional) style Glenlivet without any flaws that matured in a not-too-aggressive port cask - hence it developed a delicious and balanced profile (which is rather unusual for full-port maturations). Many thanks, dear Serge, that you did not like it (no, this is not meant ironical!) because I never ever would have bought this bottle if you had not published your review...
The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a delicate and impressive sweet winey-malty profile in a fine balance. The (old) Glenlivet profile is still clearly detectable despite the strong port wine aromas and the woods are about perfect - strong enough to provide a backing but never trying to play the soloist part. After some breathing waxy, herbal and spicy aromas join in, turning the nose interestingly complex. This is both enjoyable to sniff and entertaining to explore!
The taste is truly multi-layered starting with the sour-sweet winey flavours but the spicy woods kick in immediately. The Glenlivet malt provides bold barley-sugary and fruity impressions but the cask strikes back with herbs and (fine) bitter tannins. This is a back-and-forth of the different flavours that is really enjoyable. And do not forget to chew this dram, it cries for it!
The dram arrives very charming on the palate with a creamy texture that coats the whole of the mouth instantly without distracting moments. The finish is very long and turns rather drying but interestingly this is not annoying in this context. These are not the disgusting cardboardy or bitter-wooden dry impressions, this feels rather like a dry white wine. Water is not needed at 40% abv, of course - but do not get me wrong: this dram is not under-powered at all!