Glenfiddich 21-year-old - Winter Storm

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 03
Stated Age
21 years old
Icewine Cask Finish
Batch 2
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Jun 2018 12:15 pm by Docmacwhisky

Average value

€ 299,91

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

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.18 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Ice Wine
    The third experiment – the Winter Storm – took the shelves by storm (see what I did there?) and sold out in a matter of days. Even batch 02 is hard to find, but not worries: batch 03 is underway. What makes Winter Storm special is the fact that this Glenfiddich matured for 21 years on bourbon casks before getting a finish of three months on casks that previously held ice wine. Peller Estates from the Canadian Niagara-on-the-Lakes (that’s right, near the famous waterfalls) harvests the grapes for this wine at -10° Celsius in the moonlight. This is not just folklore, but a choice for that’s when the grapes have their highest concentration of sugars. The Glenfiddich spends three months in these casks to become the subtle single malt that has proved so popular.

    A delicate nose in which the typical soft and sweet fruitiness of the whisky is enhanced by the sweet wine. Honey, blue fruit and soft spices make this a pleasure to nose. I am always a bit careful with a wine finish, but this Glenfiddich is top notch on the nose.

    This continues on the palate, but…. Truth be told, it cannot fulfill the promise of the nose. In fact, it flattens out quite a bit. Still very tasty, don’t get me wrong, but not on the same level as the nose. The second sip does nothing to change my mind. Some caramel and spices to hold back some of the wine notes. Oops.

    The finish is rather short and sweet, softly spicy and mildly drying towards the death.

    When I first tried it (with a glass of the wine right next to it and in combination with a crèmre brûlée of apricots) I thought it was heaven. Now, re-tasting it on its own in the tranquility of my study, it’s another story. Still a delicious nosing whisky, but on the palate and in the finish a lot less so. And considering the price tag of this bottle (around 300 to 500 EUR no less), I’m going to have to let this one pass me by.

  2. Pollenflug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      Candied fruits and a strong sweetness set the first accents. The nose is very light and almost too gentle for me. At least 21 years of maturity and additional maturation in ice wine barrels, I am a little disappointed in terms of intensity, since the flavors can hardly develop more after many minutes of waiting. The alcohol content of 43% is not really noticeable. Pineapple, papayas, a hint of passion fruit, pears, apricots, marshmallows, vanilla pods, minimal herbal aromas and light oak notes are present.
    • Taste
      The Glenfiddich starts with a very soft and slightly oily texture on the palate. A very subtle tingling is noticeable for a short time on the first sip. The candied (tropical) fruits from the nose are immediately back and sparkle a nice sweetness. Vanilla, honey, a hint of various herbs and spicy oak notes join in the mix. But: The Malt lacks for my feeling noticeable strength. Unfortunately one notices the winter storm the dilution to 43% unfortunately clearly.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly short, fruity-sweet and slightly spicy. The sweet fruit flavors set a final exclamation mark before spicy oak notes and a touch of white chocolate harmoniously end the Glenfiddich. The palate remains a delicate dryness.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. stefbosman scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

  5. Dagobert scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, fruity, candied fruits, vanilla
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft, Complex, Tropical fruits, Dry, Oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet, oak

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Unusual but successful finish in ice wine barrels - an elegant, old and very sweet toppaint!
    • Nose
      intense fruity first impression, very sweet, yellow fruits (peach, apricot, tropical fruits), some oak;
    • Taste
      very mild, soft onset, viscous, gentle, sweet, very fruity, tropical fruit, subtle oak; very harmonious;
    • Finish
      medium long, fruity, sweet; in the aftermath seasoning, oak;

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Beautifully aged whisky, harmonious, deep, a lot of oak, but it is so soft and out of place that even I, who are not particularly fond of the excess of wood, really liked it.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, processed wood, a box for cigars, pipe tobacco, lemon zest, leather goods, floral notes, boiled vegetables, animal hues, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, a lot of old, delicate oak, bark, wax, sweet creamy notes, butterscakes, sweets, crayfish, lemon zest, leather goods.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak-lemon, sweet-sour, a little ginger, cinnamon, soft bitterness of the bark, a lot of oak, caramel-flower sweetness.

  8. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    the nose is overwhelming, extremley fruity and sweet, grapes everywhere just pure joy to nose this dram. the first sip and especially the finish was rather disappointing. Nice dram, with lots of sweetness, Marzipan, grapes, some vanilla and yellow fruits. all very gentle and incredibly smooth. but the finish was just way too short. After the first tasting I would have rated this one with 86/87 Points. the next dram two weeks later changed that. the finish is still a bit too short but the taste got much better. thicker, more complex. what a fine and exceptional dram! interesting stuff.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87


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