Glenfiddich Orchard Experiment

Overall rating
80.78/100
votes
79
Whiskybase ID
WB210819
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 05
Bottled
27.04.2022
Casktype
Finished in Somerset Pomona Spirit Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8G 6736 2704
Barcode
5010327325828
Added on
18 may 2022 8:43 pm by mikef0
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Average value

£ 53.92

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Whisky reviews for Glenfiddich Orchard Experiment

28 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.78 points.

  1. Hoorhay scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Watery, nothing really going on in the finish.

  2. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Yellow fruits, vanilla, honey, quite sweet, simple but pleasant.
      After more panning, the alcohol becomes noticeable despite only 43%.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Perfumery note at the beginning, Licor 43, mothballs, very peculiar.
      Mouthfeel rather watery
    • Finish
      71 71
      Probably a rather short maturation, because it gets thin here. Gone very quickly.

  3. Gareth74 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Magic moments

    Second blind of five, from a good friend.

    Sitting here watching the Queens’ last journey to her resting place in Windsor as she is piped up the great path towards the castle. This is a tasting done at a strange moment in time.

    A moment of reflection. Watching thousands of completely silent mourners lining the route. A sight to behold.

    On the nose and it’s simple, direct, focussed and warming. Unashamedly ex bourbon, it has the mouth-wateringly vanillin and estery quality. That solvent note that is released from freshly hewn oak, warm and butterscotch tinged with a cereal note, some rubbed oats, a little light fruitiness and some dry, old floorboards at the end. I love noses like this. It’s salavatorary (if that’s a word) in nature. It’s got that Deanston thing, that Arran thing. That fresh lip-smacking woodiness going on - get in my mouth.

    Mmm. Less sweet than my nose told me it was going to be. A watery start that gently unfolds into a bourbon sweetness, some creaminess and icing sugar, gentle wood that, as the flavours spread out some faint butterscotch arrives and then a metallic tinge ensues. I don’t think I’ve ever had that in a bourbon focussed whisky before. Its not a big metallic thing, just a flash, but it’s there. It’s quite nice. It’s light and airy, simple but not lacking. There’s a shortish finish but the biscuity aftertaste is just the job. I just want this to be bigger, fuller. More oatcakes and sunshine. Maybe some more golden syrup and bourbon tingle if I’m being greedy. To be fair, though, it’s good as it is. Sometimes you can be happy with what in your glass as you sit and watch the world turn and events unfold. Sometimes, a whisky can help you focus on the things around you, it doesn’t have to take centre stage to be worthwhile.

    blind revealed and I instantly get the wood note - it’s there int their 12 and it here in this. So, is it worth it? For the money I’d say it has some VERY stiff competition that it can’t really beat. Deanston 12 kills it with a single punch. Arran 10 knocks it off it’s feet. Compass Box Orchard beats it by being what this actually wants to be instead of a copy. If there’s little choice on the shelf and you want something light, then it’s an ok whisky but, when it’s up against its peers, it’s fair to say it will struggle to have its moment in the sun.

  4. besar scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Maybe use for a mixed drink.
    • Nose
      80 80
      The nose starts off properly: fermented apples, as you know it from young Glenfiddichs, some wood, but overall no highlight.
    • Taste
      64 64
      A soapy taste sets in pretty quickly. Significant miss!
    • Finish
      68 68
      Luckily, the soap only stays for a short time.

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. harry scored this whisky 53 points Expert Junior

    The nosing is still nice (butter toffee, fresh apples, cereals, a few flowers), but the taste then has a soapy note (like dish soap) - that's not possible. In the finish it is short and powerless and pretty much without any aromas. Creepy Experiment by Glenfiddich. I don't tip much down the drain - but this one does.

  9. Winterbank scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Strong soapy off note in nose and taste. Very disappointing.
    Tasting note is based on a 2cl sample.
    Sorry not my cup of tea.

  10. Dogs2 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    To sum up for a first dram I can say that it is sweet, malty, fruity with subtle wood notes, no alcohol noticeable. The red apples are really present right away, pears, autumnal orchard with fallen fruit, it is spicy, notes of wood with a light and rounded bitterness, subtle white pepper. Medium-length, spicy and slightly bitter-fruity finish, slightly drying.

    After a little more than ½ bottle, a little bit of disillusionment sets in. Depending on the form of the day, I can't explain it any other way, sometimes there is a noticeable note of perfumed soap, which comes to the fore both in the nose and in the mouth, which pushes the other aromas into the background and displaces them. For me, the finish seems very artificial on such days, it doesn't really harmonize. I can't get past it when I smell or taste it. It's a shame, you have to like it.
    Some people probably have the problem when I read the notes in the WB like this. On other days it's fine again.

  11. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I liked it
    he is pleasing almost sweet
    he is sweet but not too sweet or pushy
    for me a purchase candidate if the price is right
    • Nose
      sweet increases, light berries, young malt, slightly banana, light grapes, earth comes, apple (red, rather tart and dark)

      from 1920s: sweet, earthy, sweet haribo bear (white), slightly rubbery, brown apple (cute), oak is coming!!
    • Taste
      soft, silky
      earthy-sweet!, slightly marzipan, dark fruity (apple?)
    • Finish
      medium long
      slightly prickles, oak, becomes tart/dry

  12. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Light golden color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Lots of fresh fruit from the orchard. Pears and apples. Slightly acidic. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Traces of citrus. A bit of lemons and oranges.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Pretty sweet. Mild at first. Some malt, caramel and vanilla. Then a pinch of spices. Cinnamon, white pepper. Light oily. Vanilla pudding.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The fruit of the orchard. Apples, pears. Citrus. A pinch of spices. Delicate spice. Medium-long finish.

  13. 2ndSip scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    (Blind sample which was later resolved)
    After dissolving the sample, almost disappointing, I would have expected more from the finish.
    For more than 50 euros there are more exciting...
    [81 - 78 = 'ok' whisky -> but do I need a whole bottle?]
    • Nose
      84 84
      fruity, especially apple, peach and pear; acts like Calvados; slightly sweet, honey, vanilla and caramel.
      The sweetness seems kind of artificial over time; has a little bit of perfumed-artificial sweetness.
      In the background, a subtle, fine spiciness from the barrel. With more air, it has a flowery effect, but without going into the floral note too obtrusively.
      But then there is no more.
    • Taste
      81 81
      soft, extremely soft, lots of fruit; Seasoning is added. vanilla, toffee.
      2nd Sip: even softer; typed at 40%; then again spice, which now tingles a little more on the tongue; but overall seems pretty harmless.
      Fruity again; but the individual fruits from the nose are hardly individually recognizable as such; is more like a mixed amniotic fluid.
      The oak barrel makes itself felt again, but develops rather few good tannins, seems rather worn out.
    • Finish
      78 78
      fruity components, a bit of spice, something floral sticks in the nose; but it's gone pretty quickly...

  14. WhiskyNeuwied scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    It tastes like soap. Artificial, perfume, youthful bitterness/metallic

  15. Likudi scored this whisky 63 points Shoplink Moderator

    Pure soap
    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      60 60

  16. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. KEngelaar scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Interesting, but with room for improvement. It has only 43% abv. and I believe that it would be better suited for this dram to be bottled at 46 to 47% abv. Overall, it makes a relatively young impression. Also it is artificially coloured, which I highly dislike.

    The tube is beautiful.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Delicious apples, pear and juicy orange. Intense caramel. Slightly floral. Nothing alcoholic. Very summery.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet, fresh apple. Almost like cider. Fresh wood, pear and again caramel. Refreshing.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Relatively short and light. Again fresh wood. Some perfume. I can understand, why some people mention soapy notes. Here, the missing age can also be noticed.

  18. braunbaer09 scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    So soapy you can't drink it. In the nose initially like perfume and artificial, still ok. But a disaster in taste. First drop down the drain in a long time.

  19. Sporx scored this whisky 32 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Fruity, apple, citrus, a bit soapy, all points are only for the nose

    taste
    Soap, more soap. Is that whisky or did I actually bite into a bar of soap? A bit spicy in the background

    finish
    Next only soap and some spice.

    For me a terrible schnapps

  20. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. katarn_rb scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Green apple but soapy and perfumed. Seems artificial.

  22. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  23. Saftkenner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A bottling where opinions differ. It's sweet and flowery, which is nice, but the concise, almost obtrusive soapy-perfume notes make it look very artificial. You have to like that - it's not my case.
    • Nose
      85 85
      As expected, a very lovely nose. Ripe apples, floral scent, perfume, vanilla, calvados, grapefruit, malt, ripe pears, lemon balm, caramel.
      The alcohol is well integrated and tingles nicely in the nose, showing no sharpness.
      The warmer it gets, the more the perfumed notes come to the fore.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Slightly oily, slightly tingling at the start. Seems very soapy and perfumed right away - much stronger than the nose would suggest. In addition, ripe pears, lemon balm, caramel, anise, lemonade, cloves, cinnamon, water that ran over mineral rocks, red apple, rose water.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Mid-length finish. Apple, Perfumed Soap, Rosewater, Grapefruit, Mint. Very slightly drying at the end.

  24. Alba99 scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Initially hints of apel, but after the soap had settled in the nose, this impression intensified on the palate. For me the experiment failed. More than overpriced compared to the other experiments, all of which have been decent so far.

  25. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A drinkable and tasty Glenfiddich, which runs out of air after the nose. The finish is less spectacular than expected, you get well-known flavors. But a whisky should still come out. So that fits.
    I would buy this dram as a supper at any time. However, he should orientate himself in the price range of the IPA Cask Finish. Maybe he still does.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet, malty and fruity. Somehow relatively normal, more on the sweet side and ripe apples can be found, for example, in the 18er too. Just like here. But at some point the apple is very prominent and there are very slight hints of Calvados.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sparkling at the same time in the mouth. You definitely notice the fruity, sweetish character of the pre-stocking together with the somewhat coarse profile of younger Glenfiddichs. It fits well.
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit tart, minty and only slightly sweet. Shows some oak and some maltiness.

  26. TheFlow scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Conclusion: Super Sipper, from the first nose you can hardly believe how sweet he is, but he is and not too little. Anyone who likes wood pickled in herbal honey, like me, will love it. Is not super complex, but goes away like nothing and tastes good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nose: The apple cider in my grandfather's cellar immediately comes to mind, some fermented apple and a subtle sweetness, plus some herbs and a little oak. The alcohol still tingles a bit in the nose.
      The second time I smell it, I have cake sprinkles in my nose. It smells like apple pie with sprinkles
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mouth: wonderfully sweet and herbaceous entry. It gets sweeter and sweeter, as if you had pure herbal honey in your mouth. Then there is some oak, the mouth waters and craves for more
    • Finish
      89 89
      Finish: briefly sweet and then oak remains. Overall, a lot of oak for what is probably quite a young whisky.

  27. Obynapewno scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      youth, spicy, malt, vanilla, very sweet, toffee, fruit, apples, pears, cinnamon, a little sour
    • Taste
      80 80
      Spice, youth, malt, sweet, vanilla, caramel, fresh fruit, apples, cinnamon, suds
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium, spicy, wood, suds, apples

  28. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sommerdrink.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    Very fruit-forward but neither artificial nor overwhelming. Not complex at all, but very enjoyable and easy to drink. Should serve well in neat or cocktails.

    Update post-heatwave 22 July: Now I'm getting quite a few wildflowers soapy perfume notes.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 24
    Malt. Toffee. Vanilla. Fruits (green apple slides, wild berries – imagine the sourness). Lemon zest. A whiff of crushed peppercorn.

    P 26
    Sweet, fruit juice (red apple, orange), and young. Wildflower perfume. Christmas spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) stored in a brand-new wooden box. Barley sugar at the back.

    F 23
    Short finish. Fruit (red apple again!) and warm spices lingering with a touch of oak bitterness.

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