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Glenfiddich 21-year-old - Winter Storm

Overall rating
86.92/100
votes
217
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 03
Bottled
29.05.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Icewine Cask Finish
Casknumber
Batch 2
Number of bottles
8000
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8C68892905
Barcode
5010327015835
Added on
06 Jun 2018 12:15 pm by Docmacwhisky

Average value

€ 315.30

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217 × member ratings

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

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.92 points

  1. Gareth74 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The Emperor is cold because he has no clothes.

    The old children's story is a good analogy for this whisky. All the bluster and hype (and very nicely put together packaging, beautiful textures), can't save the drinker from thinking that perhaps, just maybe, the stuff in the bottle doesn't measure up to the expectations.

    My wife loves Ice Wine. I'm not a massive fan but I can see the attraction. It does have a particular place in the desert wine pantheon, the story behind its production is interesting and I'd never say no to a glass. And it's this that made be get a couple of bottles of this Glenfiddich.

    As a standard scotch Glenfiddich is one of those ubiquitous flavours that you grow up with. I remember seeing bottles when I was a kid in grown-ups houses. I remember my dad having bottles and it was one of the first scotches I tried when I was getting into whisky. Dependable, well balanced, easy to drink and more rewarding than perhaps some would like to admit. Like a Marks & Spencers sandwich, it will never set the world alight but it does hit the spot.

    And so, with the Winter Storm I had high hopes that it would elevate this great work-a-day dram into something a bit special. That the ice Wine cask finishing would highlight the best bits of the distillate and deliver a bigger, more engaging flavour profile. Sadly it didn't.

    I don't want to be too hard on what they were trying to do here but charging £200 means you have to deliver on your promises. I love it when a cask finish works and transforms a whisky from good to great but Winter Storm feels like a missed opportunity to impress.

    However, all is not lost, Glenfiddich Fire & Cane for a quarter of the price is an absolute belter! Perhaps we all need to get it wrong sometimes to keep us on the right track.

  2. 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.

  3. Pollenflug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • 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.

  4. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Buttery tropical fruit notes, smooth and elegant. Quit like some 1991-1993 Irish casks.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I will not be here any longer. I have described Batch01 in detail. With this colleague everything is 2 grades lower. But it is also much cheaper to get. But whoever thinks the PLV is better is deceiving. Sorry Glenfiddich, but € 100 would be enough for this bottle. The greatest value is the beautiful decanter. A big thank you to André for the rest of the bottle. So I can use this feast for the eyes on the shelf for my own blends
    • Nose
      The nose does not come close to the Batch01. Sweet grapefruit with subtle floral notes. A hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Dust dry vanilla served on dried wood shavings. Minimal lemon peel with leathery notes.
    • Finish
      Rather short, with dry woody fruits.

  6. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

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