Glenfiddich 21-year-old - Winter Storm

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 03
Stated Age
21 years old
Icewine Cask Finish
Batch 1
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
31 Aug 2017 5:08 pm by Breedút_Genietsje

Average value

€ 735.54

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 21-year-old - Winter Storm

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.05 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] After a short visit at Glenfiddich distillery to check the progress they made with their new still house (that is almost completed) I try one of their latest experiments: an icewine finish named "Winter Storm" (just a sample as I am cautious because of its high price)…

    ...and that caution was well exercised! This dram offers a fine nose but falls apart in both taste and finish completely. A true disappointment on the palate and way too excessive priced for a "nosing only" whisky. Not recommended unless you do not drink alcohol anyhow...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is a little punchy first but this vanishes quickly. After that it offers a subtle and delicate profile of winey, fruity and honeyed flavours with shy spices. All very balanced and great to sniff, actually I could nose this dram for hours...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is neither layered nor impressive, I would call this dull and flat with just hints of the wonderful aromas of the nose. This really is disappointing. Water is not needed (how could reduction improve a flat dram?). Maybe this dram fell victim to oxydation in an almost empty bottle (I had this one at a bar) but I can judge it just the way it is, finally...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is a little warming but not coating at all with no distracting moments either. Actually there is not much of a mouthfeel at all. The finish is very short and adds no new impressions except a minor drying end (papers). This dram is almost non-existent on the palate - how come they named it "Winter Storm" (could be a Monty Python joke)...

  2. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    So this version is a tough number. I realize that I can't judge how an ice wine whisky should taste. That's where the catch lies. Because actually I should say: This Batch1 was a disappointment. Was that so? I'm not sure because the Batch2 was even more notchy. Think about buying a bottle often. I should give him another chance. The sample was too small. Plan: waiting for bargains!
    • Nose
      So to the nose I have to say that this way of bringing the light pears and apples mixed with sweet vanilla in this sweet grape note to the front is very special. A touch of herbal tea wrapped in sweet malt really has an aha effect. I don't know whether an ice wine finish has to be like that. Really very special. Respect. Very good balance.
    • Taste
      Ok, but the wind to the storm is missing here. Or they mean a tender winter. Everything is very calm. The disappointment is also greatest now. Sweet sugar melons. Only with the second sip does the wind come up and the pepper carries the wood wort forward. For this 43% he is now doing everything right. Just nothing moving. No storm far and wide.
    • Finish
      Somewhat medium to rather short. Sorry Glenfiddich, something went wrong? Where is the price? Where is the effect? OK, everything is round and ironed flat. Easy dram. Everything will be calm and dry. My impression: “Grape skins dried on oak boards”. I have to forget all of this quickly. At some point I'll get a bargain. Then I'll try again. He deserves it. Not Batch2 !!

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, sweet fruit, fine spices, some grapes, and exotic fruits.
    On the palate, grapes still, a vine side, sensation of vat, cinnamon, caramel a little burnt, and dry wood, with dry herbs too, then fruity more green with apple, then vanilla .
    In the final, simple but tenacious average on the same perfumes!
    A dram a little oriented with an icy grape, with more depth level mouth and final!

  4. Bosi scored this whisky 69 points Specialist

    I was so looking forward to this whisky, but after the great nose he completely disappoints me. Especially the bitterness in the taste and finish is for me a clear false note.

    Experiment failed.
    • Nose
      The aroma starts with light grapes and white wine notes followed by gooseberry cake, figs, honey and shortbread. The alcohol is fantastically involved.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is very oily, almost syrupy. Unfortunately the whisky is quite bitter on arrival with orange zest, dark chocolate, peach and oak spice.
    • Finish
      The bitterness also remains in the finish, which surprisingly long for this alcohol strength fails. Now not many flavors are added.

  5. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Red grapes, wine, vanilla, peach, apricot, apple peel, lemon, cut grass, hazelnut, orange and cinnamon.

  6. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    fair puddle
    he is challenging, yes, nothing impetuous, but it lacks the special kick what has given the ice wine to the whisky
    • Nose
      light fruit, white wine (because I know), slightly tart, sweet, some vanilla, later light and soft caramel
    • Taste
      light and silky on the palate Pear, peach, some caramel, sweetness, oak, later nice and spicy
    • Finish
      Oak, liquid Maggiwürze, oak, some caramel

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Well, always the same with the different batches .... in the end, the first one is usually the best.
    so here too.
    In the Experimental Series so far this is my favorite, but he still sings along, in the choir of the Glenfiddichs, which are way too soft and filled with too little percentage.
    Incidentally, I also count the Grand Cru in there.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Imagine drinking freshly squeezed honeydew while eating a overglazed vanilla danish. It’s sweet. Mission accomplished. Oak for balance doesn’t cut it. Lacking depth for 21yrs old.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Light and very floral, sweet, honeyed malt, honeydew, light pepper spice, winey,cereal grain
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, white sugar, melon, chardonnay, vanilla, slight oak
    • Finish
      80 80
      Oak and icing sugar, pretty dull.


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