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Glenfiddich Special Reserve.


Glenfiddich 15-year-old Cask Strength


Glenfiddich 15-year-old Solera Reserve

Glenfiddich Excellence

Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18-year-old

Glenfiddich Wedgwood Decanter, 21-year-old

 

 

Michael Jackson
"House Style - When young, a dry, fruity aperitif; when more mature a raisiny, chocolatey after-dinner malt."

GLENFIDDICH Special Reserve, no age statement, 40% abv.

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Very pale, white wine.
Nose - Light, fresh but sweet, appetizing, fruity, pear-like.
Body
- Light, lean, firm, smooth.
Palate
- Dryish, pear-like, more fruitiness as flavour develops. A dash of water releases a hint of smokiness and some sweet, malty notes.
Finish - Restrained, aromatic.

Score 75

 

GLENFIDDICH 15-year-old Cask Strength, 51% abv.

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Full gold.
Nose - Soft, light, peat smoke.
Body
- Smooth, lightly creamy.
Palate
- Smooth. Hazelnut. Light cream. Dry maltiness.
Finish - Tasty, appetizing. Grassy notes and peat smoke.

Score 80

 

GLENFIDDICH 15-year-old Solera Reserve 40% abv.

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Bright Gold.
Nose
- Chocolate. Toast. Hint of peat.
Body - Light but very smooth indeed.
Palate - Sauve. Silky. White chocolate. Pears in cream. Cardamom.
Finish - Cream. Hint of ginger.

Score 78


Malt Whisky File: John Lamon & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 7 Peatiness - 5 Availability - 6

Color - Amber with pale gold highlights.
Nose
- Quite full-bodied and relatively solid with slight dark nuttiness, medium-sweet, a touch of honey and rich orange/lime marmalade.
Palate - Quite big, rich, medium-dry and a good, delicate peat character.
Finish - Long, nutty, rich with a dark peta note and a touch of chocolate orange.

GLENFIDDICH Excellence, 18-year-old, 43% abv.

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Gold.
Nose
- Fragrant, flowery.
Body - Very smooth and well rounded.
Palate - Mellow, developing sweeter, spicier notes.
Finish - Dryish, lengthening to spicy, herbal (gentian?), peaty firmness.

Score 79

Malt Whisky File: John Lamon & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 8 Peatiness - 4 Availability - 2

Color - Straw with pale gold highlights.
Nose
- Fresh, medium-bodied and round, notes of citrus and a grapey character, a slight bubble0gummy sweetness, lanolin character and lightly peated.
Flavour - Soft, smooth, medium-sweet and round with an unctuous lanolin oakiness.
Finish - Clean, surprisingly dry, but rich, with a fresh, light peatiness.

GLENFIDDICH Ancient Reserve 18-year-old, 43% abv.

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Old gold.
Nose
- Richer.
Body - Softer.
Palate - more mellow and rounded, soft and restrained. Scores points for sophistication and sherry character.
Finish - Nutty. A flowery hint of peat.

Score 78


Malt Whisky File: John Lamon & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 8 Peatiness - 3 Availability - 4

Color - Straw with greeny/gold highlights.
Nose
- Rich, medium-sweet, grapey, quite soft and with a slight tang of coffee.
Flavour - Medium-sweet, spicy, slightly peppery with a slight green leafiness.
Finish - Good, smooth and long with hints of coffee.

GLENFIDDICH Wedgwood Decanter, 21-year-old, 43% abv.

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Color - Full gold, fractionally darker.
Nose
- Hint of sherry?
Body - Surprisingly full.
Palate - Complex, with both sweetness and dryness, Bitter-chocolate and dried fruit, slightly burnt. Eventually the dry notes are more assertive, with a hint of peat.
Finish - Still gentle, but longer.

Score 81


Malt Whisky File: John Lamon & Robin Tucek

Sweetness - 8 Peatiness - 3 Availability - 4

Color - Quite pale straw with good yellow/gold highlights.
Nose
- Fresh, malty, medium-dry and slightly grapey.
Flavour - Soft, warm, grapily fruity, quite big-bodied, spicy and medium-sweet.
Finish - Herby, long, sweet and smooth with a soft maltiness at the end.

Read the ratings on other great whiskies in these excellent pocket-size publications, available now on WhiskyMan.com;
Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Malt Whisky File: John Lamon & Robin Tucek


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