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Glenfiddich 19-year-old

Overall rating
85.08/100
votes
462
Whiskybase ID
WB22231
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Age of Discovery - Madeira
Bottled
25.03.2011
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Madeira Cask
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L34V43672503
Barcode
5010327315669
Added on
22 May 2011 3:39 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 223.20

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462 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 19-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.08 points

  1. BenNevis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Having only had the standard 12 , 14, 15s and the 18yo Glenfiddich's I wasn't expecting to much from this. That is probably why I wasn't disappointed. This is better than the standard range. I am not a fan of wine casks but I have to say this is very enjoyable. Madeira wine is more or less Sherry thats probably why .

  2. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Typical Glenfiddich character. Well balanced and made for the 40%. I had tested this Madeira because I wanted to get the set. The PVL is a bit too high for me. For me it is hard on the pain limit. I only decide that after the full rehearsal.
    • Nose
      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 really like the nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet dark fruits with a spicy, sweet oak in the foreground. Light chocolate on apple Helene in berry compote. Sweet and almost flowery, it shows a good balance.
    • Finish
      It stays wonderfully thick on the palate for a medium length. Sweet but quite dry with orange peel. Behind it again the sweet vanilla. Really very comfortable and soft. Nothing presses. It always works. But not over 100 €.

  3. IWE_Sheva scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Typical bourbon, honey
    • Taste
      Dark fruits, wood - balanced
    • Finish
      Short length, not as strong as its nosing

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  5. MGHOW scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    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.

  6. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    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.

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Andreas W. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. markfeit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    funky wood and sweet wine and grapes. A nice counterpart to the 19 red wine.

  10. valery77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately dry. Pepper, malt, fudge, oak tannins, salted caramel. 21
    • Finish
      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.
      Total 86

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