Glenlivet 18 is one of those whiskies that is often not given its due credit because its quality is in its subtlety. Immediately on the nose it is clear that this is a blend of both bourbon and sherry maturation, however there are no overbearing vanilla or sultana notes, rather the qualities of both these cask types work in harmony with one another. True to its Speyside roots the nose is dominated by aromas of crisp apple, gentle honey, nutmeg, perhaps even some nuts. The palate is likewise balanced: more apples, honey, gentle spices. In the background are faint hints of Oloroso creaminess from the sherry and citrus from the bourbon. The finish isn't overly long for an 18yo whisky but there is not a single unpleasant note in sight. Those who are chasing a "punch in the face" whisky experience will find this Glenlivet boring, however in my mind it is a great example of a "quiet achiever."