Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
82.33/100
votes
3
Whiskybase ID
WB206737
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Our Small Batch Eighteen
Bottled
08.04.2021
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8F 6480 0804
Barcode
5010327325323
Added on
25 mar 2022 11:24 pm by omnts
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 92.99

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Whisky reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.33 points.

  1. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very good core range 18 Yo, well made, almost superb in a given context. Actually better than many cask strength or single cask whiskies which are not only over-priced but also sought after quite silly-ly.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose starts with a little ginger, and made me think of spring onion white. At first I thought there's vanilla ice cream 7-up soda sundae, but it lacks the richness, so instead that's soda can fizzy candy. This lasted for a while before overtook by by molasses, a little ground cloves, and lemon wafer biscuits. So it is not without its charm. The nose becomes more syrupy, with lemon cream, unripe mango, hard candy, and new plywood. Overall the nose is quite nice and intriguing indeed!
    • Taste
      85 85
      The palate is mainly sweet and juicy, with a little dark chocolate and a little melt butter, so we have all the basics. The mouthfeel is pleasantly mellow given the ABV, which I think is just adequate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Good amount of woodiness lingered in the throat, with some toasted almond flakes. The finish is long enough and delightful.

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  3. omnts scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: soft, without a cap, very discreet. In general, sherry aromatics prevail. Immediately after removing the cap, clear Oloroso sherry motifs, a slight sweetness of raisins, ripe pears and peaches, citrus fruits, cinnamon, molasses, slight creamy notes, quite a bit of vanilla, pastries. Then some rearrangement occurs - the sherry component remains in the same strength, while light waxy-resinous, woody-spicy and floral shades, notes of dry tart spicy herbs join it. After a couple of sips, it becomes somewhat flatter. Overall, very attractive, but not intense enough. Against the background of a persistent aroma, a 26-year-old quickly fades in a parallel comparison.
    Body: below average density.
    Taste: not strong, soft, silky, rather watery at the end of the first wheeze. Initially moderately sweet, slightly peppery, with some hot spices. The sweetness is more syrupy than fruity. At the first stage of the sip, there is quite a bit of raisins and orange peel, a light wine note, cinnamon, a bit of vanilla. Then, weak perfumery and resinous shades, burnt sugar, bitter almonds, spicy dry herbs, light tannins, and astringent wine barrel come to the fore. Generally pleasant, but overly smooth with a dilute feel in the style of a good blend. For an 18-year-old whisky, such a low density and richness is simply offensive. True, after a series of sips, it decently adds and becomes, as it were, denser and brighter due to the saturation of the receptors and the synergy associated with this.
    Finish: between short and medium, loose, slightly sweet, moderately spicy, a little burnt sugar, pleasant wine barrel, tannins at the end with a little bitterness. Not very expressive.
    Conclusions. It's strange, but on the first day of testing, the 18-year-old release disappointed me completely. Mainly because of the failure in taste and inconspicuous aftertaste. Against this background, one of the last releases of the 18-year-old Glenlivet, which I recently tested, would definitely look brighter and richer. However, the next day something happened either to me or to Glenfiddich - he became much more solid and interesting, and so much so that I had to significantly redo N&T. Unlike younger partners, with such a presentation, one could already savor him, although he still did not reach the 18-year-old Livet. According to my recollections, the peers of this Fiddick, published ten years ago with a strength of 43% abv, once made a more pleasant impression. Grade 83

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