Picked up another bottle tonight. First impression: (nose) Smells strong, floral, slightly fruity, vanilla... Taste: (neat) more alcohol taste/burn then I expected. Slightly fruity, apples come to mind, vanilla for sure. Taste: (tspn mineral water) alcohol taste nearly gone. Very creamy smooth, large amounts of vanilla, slightly fruity but more so then neat. Much much better.
Ultimately I'm shocked to say that I'm more impressed with the Glenfiddich 15. I can't believe I'm saying it but the 18 did not live up to my expectations. For an 18 your better off with Glenlivet; (I've saved half a bottle of the stuff and its been very hard not to drink it).