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Glenfiddich 21-year-old - Winter Storm

Overall rating
87.01/100
votes
122
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 03
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Icewine Cask Finish
Casknumber
Batch 1
Number of bottles
8000
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
31 Aug 2017 5:08 pm by Breedút_Genietsje
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 621,06

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122 × member ratings

580 × in collection

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

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.01 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. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. SimpleSample scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
      darker fruits ... strong.
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet with a soft spice and some chocolate
    • Finish
      83 83
      mild with chocolate

  9. Nikilema scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. regislefrancois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Honey and beeswax. dried hay
    • Taste
      lemon confit, melon, light smoked notes
    • Finish
      long and balanced

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