Thankfully none of the over-the-top fruitiness and saccharine sweetness of the first-fill bourbon, NAS Nadùrra expression. Noses almost like a high-quality Irish (Green Spot, Redbreast) instead, with distinctly dusty and creamy oak notes. Almond mousse, vanilla pudding, light banana and citrus.
Begins soft (perhaps too soft), silky and sweet, turns then into slightly more sour terrain (fruit juice), until the acidity segues into spiciness and tannins. Ends dry and supremely elegant. Reminds me of recent Glencadams, which boast similarly subtle and immaculate tannins in the finish.
The minimum strength makes for a slow start and a watery, somewhat underwhelming body, but the development in itself is well-crafted and the finish fucking rules, if you‘ll excuse my French. Perhaps the oak would’ve even been too dominant at a higher strength, which makes the ABV seem less of an affront.
At any rate: excellent price-to-performance ratio. Glenlivet remains one classy and characterful (almonds, anyone?) distillate.