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Overall rating
89.86/100
votes
34
Whiskybase ID
WB10817
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1961
Bottled
04.1984
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
White label, Red letters
Bottled for
Zenith
Added on
01 Oct 2009 9:40 pm

Average value

€ 901.80

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34 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 1961

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.86 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Quite a complex Glenfiddich from the old days. Actually the oldest Fiddich I ever tasted so far.
    • Nose
      The nose starts lowery. Violet and freesias. Later on followed with sweet fruity notes of yellow fruit apples and conference pears. Also lychees and juicy melons. Vanilla and honey at the background. Appetizing!
    • Taste
      Tropical fruit bowl with pineapple, mango and papaya. Peaches. Some citric notes of lemon peel and orange rid as well. Soft sandalwood. Almonds. Touch of creme brulee. Also hints of aniseed and toasted nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium long. White pepper. Liquorice. A litte ginger. Some oaky bitterness at the end.

  2. Hobbit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Lemon, fresh, sweetish, summer rain, Yasmin and now pushes the sherry significantly behind with herbs, redcurrant jam, sweetened and dried cranberry, chocolate, color is not everything, if it were much darker, that would fit more to the nose, facets change: again citrus , Star fruit, pineapple. In the second nose are added Christmas spices, cinnamon stick, orange oil, creme brulee

    Taste:
    oily onset with great strength, very sweet, fruit juice, oranges, peach, blueberries, light vanilla, little oak but delicate chocolate, nougat, just a touch of coffee, light pepper notes without pungency, I do not like swallowing it ...

    The second try but a bit oak and kräuterlastiger than at the beginning but not disturbing.

    finish:
    seeeeeeeee chocolaty, like a nougat praline with tart chocolate on the outside, now removes the tart oranges, long, great, memorable finish, the chocolate sticks to the tongue.

    Total:
    Wow. For a long time again a Malt, which shows an increase from nose to mouth to the departure. Whereby it is less an increase in quality or intensity but in surprise moments. The alcohol strength is perfectly matched to the whisky, is actually perceptible only in the nose as such. He is neither watery nor too intense. If it was up to me, Glenfiddich would like to change strategy and focus on such bottlenecks instead of the mass market. They can (or could) do that really well. What is there to criticize? Surely he could be more complex in mouth and finish or more intense with that being the current view of things. I like the elegant composition of this old malts.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    92 Points for the same bottle only with golden letters on the Label instead of red.

    Are there differents inside?

  4. Zinni scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A malt from times long past and a filigree style that can hardly be found today
    • Nose
      Green and fresh, malty, freshly cut, raw Brussels sprouts, after a few minutes with air it becomes sweeter and older, yellow pome fruit
    • Taste
      Restrained, youthful, grassy, dextrose, licorice, somewhat watery
    • Finish
      Wonderfully mature, very malty and grainy, pleasantly warming, medium length

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Zenith bottlings seem to always show this kind of consistency between very good and brilliant, this is no exception, honey toffee almond citrus, vanilla, honey, stone fruits very drinkable

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A difficult one to score parts were really good but profile wise possibly not well balanced, a little rough almost but what do I know?A pleasure to taste a Glenfiddich this old but this does not get close to the 1956 It.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Always nice to taste an old Glenfiddich before they were mainstream.
    • Nose
      Lots of stewed fruit, pineapple, mango, peach mixed in with warm pastry, honey and biscuits.A few floral notes come in and lemon sherbet sweets.
    • Taste
      More full on and vibrant than the old 30 year but not as well balanced and there is a little woody bitterness but its ok.

      There is then some buttered croissant, basically its all on pastry notes with the fruit in the background now that the nose promised.
    • Finish
      Approaching medium and getting creamy

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