The oakiness that holds the youngest Chivas back is much more subdued, allowing for a more balanced scent with notes of vanilla, musty earth, malt, and just a touch of spiciness. The palate is unsurprising, in that it follows the nose almost exactly, retaining the same qualities of the nose, in the same balance, and with the same smooth character. It is only on the finish that things switch up a bit and become lively. This 18 Year Old goes down with much more of a spicy bite than is present on the tongue, and the earthy, musty notes pick up in intensity as well. The finish is quite long and very warm.