The Glenlivet 12 Year: 40% abv
One of the classic high-runners in the world of single malt scotches. You've probably seen this one around, and if anything, it'll be at your neighborhood Applebee's. If you've never had a single malt Scotch before, this will probably be your most available option. So this is a practical choice for most people, at a reasonable price.
On the nose, you get classic Glenlivet scents of light malt, white grapes, apple, vanilla, pear, and honey. It is not the most complex, intriguing nose as far as a Scotch goes, but it is light and refreshing. After adding water, there is slight floral notes to continue with the nose. The taste presents malt, honey, cereal grain, sweet lemon, light herbal notes on the arrival, tea leaves, and after water, some oatmeal and barley to step it up.
In the finish, there is apple, honey, cinnamon, oatmeal, and a slight slight cherry to compliment the end of the orchestration of flavors. In general, we felt that water dulled out the flavor of this whiskey, and at 40%, it's well worth being cautious of diluting it. Not the most intriguing of Scotches, but a decent introductory to malts.