- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Age of Discovery - Madeira
- Stated Age
- 19 years old
- Madeira Cask
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 22 May 2011 3:39 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 19-year-old
48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.01 points
- This is an incredibly odd Glenfiddich. There is some truly ancient Glenfiddich which comes in at the finish and which no one will ever taste otherwise. However the arrival is quite spirit forward and feels young but this is probably because of new oak. Thus could be an amazing whisky which is both old and young at the same time. The age of some of the whiskies blended here are well in advance of 19 years. I would say a good measure of 30 to 40 year whisky is blended here. I'm not kidding. don't know what to think. It's okay, dry and old but perhaps not entirely harmonious... It's a puzzler. Definitely the oldest GF I'll ever taste so good value on that account.
- Color: Amber
Nose: The wine is there from the start, and you can feel the difference from a standard sherry maturation. I find that strawberries keep jumping out in a way that I seldom find in sherry-matured drams, for instance. It's like you took a fairly standard Glenfiddich--honeyed, smooth malt--and gave it this fresh red berry character. Think of that and you'll get most of the way there on this one. There's also something sour going on in the background.
Taste: The 40% isn't doing this any favors here. It feels thin and generally under-powered from the moment it hits your tongue. Unless there's some solid complexity on the palate, I generally prefer my wine-seasoned whiskies to have a thicker, more coating mouthfeel. As for the taste, you continue to get more of the wine here. Not much else is coming through except for a surprisingly immature-tasting spirit. The nose was a bit more interesting, honestly.
Finish: Unfortunately, it meets the expectations the initial palate provides me: short.
Comments: I admittedly don't have a ton of experience drinking wine-matured or even wine-finished whiskies (excluding sherry, naturally). Most of the reviewers in whose opinions I place some stock are either skeptical or downright hostile to them. That gave me some pause as I tried this today, because I didn't want to simply parrot their views. However, I find myself in agreement: This feels disjointed, unintegrated, flimsy. It's not entirely unpleasant or anything of that sort, but there's nothing here to really recommend it either.
- funky wood and sweet wine and grapes. A nice counterpart to the 19 red wine.
- Typical Glenfiddich character. Balanced and for the 40% he is great. I had tested this Madeira because I wanted to get the set. The PVL is a bit too high for me though. Is hard for me at the pain threshold. I decide that only after the complete rehearsal.
Here the nose gets to feel the age. Oranges, apricots and a hint of lime behind them. Now a sweet vanilla with caramel and honey. I like the nose a lot.
Sweet dark fruits with spicy sweet oak anticipate. Bright chocolate on apple Helene in berry compote. Sweet and almost floral, it shows good balance.
Wonderfully thick it stays medium in the mouth. Sweet but quite dry with orange peel. Behind it the sweet vanilla. Really nice and soft. Nothing is pressing. He always goes.
Fruit gum, vanilla, malt, sweet apples, tropical fruits, floral motifs, perfume notes, freshly sawn oak board, honey, new leather clothing, raisins, a hint of varnish and acetone. Toward the middle of the dram, light wine notes and cocoa powder begin to appear. 22
Moderate, moderately dry. Pepper, malt, fudge, oak tannins, salted caramel. 21
Long, smoothly fading, slightly astringent. Dominated shades of oak barrels, malt, a little bitter beer, at the end is added menthol chill. 22
Very similar to the Bourbon brother, but, as for me, a little less balanced. The influence of barrels from the Madeira is almost not felt. Balance 21.
- Light, fruits, dates, raisin, cake, marzipan, prunes notes on nose.
Dates, apples, spices, roughness, raisin, sweet berries notes on palate.
Spices, chocolate, vanilla, light dryness, sweet fruits on long finish.
- Super nice, for Madeirafans definitely a recommendation. The flowery sweetness fits wonderfully with the delicate character of the Glenfiddich distillate. Unfortunately, as always slightly bottled, with 46-48% would certainly be a weapon.
mild and soft. Honey and floral sweetness. Fully ripe limes with cane sugar, with a slightly earthy note of fresh mushrooms. Mild rooibos tea with sweet vanilla. Very pleasing, for 19 years very soft, barely perceptible woody spice, but a pleasant Madeira sweetness that does not kill you
For the low alcohol content, it is immediately present in the mouth, good onset, does not feel watery. Candied citrus fruit and cinnamon give a Christmassy touch, without the whisky itself being "festive" - on the other hand, the freshness that it has retained after 19 years speaks for itself. The vanilla is still good, mixed with now numerous barrel spices. The Madeira is light and flowery-sweet above, ripe cantaloupe melon and lychee lie as a fruit component now in the glass
a bit short, a little candied ginger, here revenge the 40%
- An absolutely fantastic nose that was not really matched by the taste and finish unfortunately but this is a good dram without doubts. I tasted this one in a vertical with the Caoran Reserve, the 125th reserve and the 15 yo distillery edition and this one was the winner. Also in that lineup there were two private bottling's of cask strength 15 yo and 21 yo which was amazing. Nothing I have ever tasted in official bottling of Glenfiddich. There is so much quality in their whisky but somehow much of it is usually lost in the regular releases. That's a shame.
Rating interval 83-86
Closed to start with some cereal and biscuits but a fantastic aroma developed after 25-30 minutes in the glass. Well worth letting it calm down in the glass. Explosion of fruits, custard and icing sugar. Sweet fresh red apples as well as baked apples together with barley sugar and hints of cinnamon.
Slightly bitter arrival with lemon and grapefruit. More barley sugar on the development with licorice and some fresh mint. Not as fruity as expected from the wonderful nose but some unripe fresh crisp pears are there.
The finish is rather short with subtle spices and almost some sparkling mineral water with a twist of lemon in it. Not something I recognize in whisky everyday, thats for sure.