Glenfiddich 19-year-old

Overall rating
85.07/100
votes
476
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

€ 225.85

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Whisky reviews for Glenfiddich 19-year-old

47 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.07 points.

  1. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Great very sweet pleasant dram. Its main problem is price. And of course mere 40% ABV.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, sugar, caramel.
    • Taste
      Smooth. Again very sweet with lots of dark fruits, caramel, sherry, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Again mainly dark fruits and caramel.

  2. 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

  3. 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 .

  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 Connoisseur

    • 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. 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 €.

  11. 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

  12. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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. 

  13. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      a bit short, a little candied ginger, here revenge the 40%

  14. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      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.  
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  15. Mr.Aberlour scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. Jeig scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet, nice oak
    • Taste
      Sweet, rounded, oily, medium body, easy access
    • Finish
      Medium finish, sweet, balance

  17. Albaron scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Ingenious nose, in the mouth it is not quite as awesome, but still a strong development until the departure of the beautiful barrel wort really fun. Not overly complex, just right, you could drink every day
    • Nose
      Immediately malt, dried fruit, prunes, raisins, caramel, a touch of alcohol, a little barrel flavor
    • Taste
      Raisins, here too the malty, more dried fruit, toffee, caramel, then the barrel wort, which leads into the finish
    • Finish
      Still the barrel wort, but also still dried fruits, which stop by again and again, some bitterness and tannins from the oak and everything stays pretty long ...

  18. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light. Figs, lemon cake, bergamot, some mint. Dry soil and a hint of sugar beet syrup.
    • Taste
      Green pears, almonds, honey. Caipirinha, white chocolate. Short.

  19. Schottenrock scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  20. Tony-Port Lady did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose:- Thick wave of honey syrup and toasted bread. Traces of soft
    mocca and fermented dark tea notes interplay. Splash of water draw out
    the mild floral note, gladly it is not overly fragrant, just the right
    touch to round off a balance and complex aroma. Palate:- More obvious floral and tea notes on the palate, light sweet
    chrysanthemum tea with soft mineral and sour fruit at the back. A small
    pop of welcoming cola sweetness and vanilla.

    Finish:- Medium
    length, more obvious mocca and bean note at this stage. Dust of spices
    but irrelevant. Well define and structure. Odd, but easily in love to
    her.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. Joschbert scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Balanced but somewhat one-dimensional. The 40% are slightly watery.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, apricots, creamy, sweet to slightly acidic, tannins
    • Taste
      Vanilla, caramel, but drier than the nose suggests. Apricots, vinous notes that could come from Madeira. A mineral, slightly dusty note develops.
    • Finish
      The oak beats through. Sounds medium long with a pleasantly dry touch of stone fruit (apricot or cherry kernels).

  24. Tobs1991 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    When Madeira Cask Finish I associate the smell with Irish orange whisky jam. A hint of rosé wine I think still to find. In the taste I then find raisins, pepper and tannins. Overall, the whisky is very present in the mouth. The finish is pleasantly long.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A rich and complex dram. Smooth and satisfying, with layered aromas
    and a good balance. A lovely nose and fascinating finish. Perfect for
    tea time with a piece of Madeira cake. Would love to see this bottled at
    higher strength though.

    I thank Markus Heinze (Brand Ambassador
    for Glenfiddich in Germany) for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Initially sweet and slightly floral with lots of fruit influences of
      juicy pears, apricots, sultanas and oranges. Lightly vinous with
      luscious grapes, plums and gooseberries, complemented by sweeter notes
      of vanilla, caramel and a delicate touch of honey and marzipan. Behind
      that there is a soft earthy note, damp wood and a hint of moss in the
      back. A challenging nose indeed, nice and very aromatic!
    • Taste
      Rich and deliciously sweet at first with barley sugar and vinous red
      fruit, followed by a warm grip of spice, caramelised ginger, cracked
      black pepper and cinnamon. Lots of vanilla arrive with yellow fruit,
      sultana and mirabelle in particular, and subtle toffee. Slightly earthy
      notes with dark chocolate and gentle oak fade into a real mild
      bitterness towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is warm, slightly sweet with apricot jam and medium long.
      Quite fresh and lively with lingering spice, ginger, roasted almonds and
      a fairly dry end. Soft, gentle and amazing.

      WITH WATER: Clean and
      fresh on the nose. Water reduces the sweetness and fruitiness, bringing
      more spicy flavours to the fore. Intense on the palate with vinous fruit
      and spice, ginger and pepper. The finish is short and very dry, almost
      astringent with significant more oak and pepper.

  26. Gloin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    bright, very sweet, caramel, white grapes, apple, some oak - solid

  27. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Earthy, sweet, fruity (oranges, grapes), figs, berries
    • Taste
      Fruity (oranges, apricots, peaches), rich, sweet
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, sweet, fruity

  30. Segens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    a good dram which is overpriced (95€) for what it is offering. I am missing a real direction...
    • Nose
      fruity notes: grapes & peaches. The madeira wine is there!
    • Taste
      elegant a bit of fruits. It is nice but I cannot get much out of it
    • Finish
      middlelong nice finish

  31. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  32. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It’s layered. It’s balanced. For 40 percent abv it is quite rich. But that is also the main negative: it’s bottled at the lowest possible alcohol percentage.
    • Nose
      Sweet and floral, but with lots of fruit influences as well. Mango, oranges, apricots and a hint of lime. Behind that is a layer of vanilla, caramel and honey.
    • Taste
      Palate is slightly spicier with ginger, cumin and cinnamon. Some fruit shines through tough, mainly oranges (zest).
    • Finish
      Fairly dry, orange chutney, vanilla and pineapple. Really soft and gentle.

  33. Gunka scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Opened Christmas 2014 - in August 2015 he has changed his taste. Has become a bit acidic. - a pity.

  34. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a sniff-whisky
    the aroma had promised more than the taste could keep up
    nevertheless he is pleasing and easy-going
    but somehow also interchangeable
    • Nose
      fruity, tropical fruits
      Peach and syrup pickled pineapple, mango
      with a little distance to the nose: vanilla and caramel as well as slightly dusty baking cocoa
    • Taste
      fruity sweetness, abrasion of a lemon peel and again fruit
    • Finish
      short

  35. Dramlicious scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The start of the 'Age of Discovery' series a 19 Years Old finished in Madeira casks to honor the 15th Century Portuguese explorers, who discovered in their search for a passage to India new islands like Porto Santo and Madeira. According to Glenfiddich, the majority of the Madeira casks come from the Canterio warehouse of Henriques & Henriques, a well-known, family owned Madeira company which was established in 1850.

    http://dramlicious.com/tasty-tastings-episode-34/

  36. jnsllngvr scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Simply good
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  37. Sidney87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  38. z-imaging scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose and taste but why 40%??? The low alcohol level ruined this whisky.

  39. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nothing for me. Can not do it off.
    • Nose
      Sprittig, cocoa, oak, otherwise rather mau.
    • Taste
      Very weak, then sweet. Oak and spice come to the end.
    • Finish
      Dry and relatively short.

  40. Wild Thing scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I liked that very much.
    • Nose
      A rich fruit basket with earthy notes. Grapes, pears and figs. Followed by orange jam and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Complex and spicy cinnamon and pepper. With light wood notes. Caramelized fruits and raisins. Very smooth.
    • Finish
      Medium long Spicy and slightly dry towards the end.

  41. The Macallan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Tasted it at Edinburgh Airport. A very very nice dram, was surprised about this one. Lovely madeira cake, sweet fruity flavors, with yet that typical Glenfiddich Character in it.

  42. granella2003 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    The Age of Discovery "Madeira Cask Finish features an eye-catching packaging. The black glass bottle is adorned with a red cartouche and compass packed in a special display box, decorated with creative illustrations, which are the voyages of the Portuguese explorers mapping. The malt is rich and delicious aromas of ripe figs, caramelized fruit and spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper.

  43. granella2003 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Aromas that open with a rich variety of fruits such as pear, fig, grape and apple with burnt sugar, nuts and chocolate
    • Taste
      Silky texture. A rich and spicy taste of cinnamon and ground pepper followed by earthy, caramelized fruit, raisins and hints of dry oak
    • Finish
      Pleasant dry finish with a warm flavor that gently flowing, persistent taste of sweet marmalade

  44. drkrylov scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice for everyday... But a little bit expansive.
    • Nose
      Shows good maturity. Oak-driven and spicy with soft, sweet, black fruits
      - blueberry and sloe. Lightly vinous with plum jam, apple, light
      chocolate, dried cherry. Slightly mossy.
    • Taste
      Balanced. Soft fruits backed with crisp sweet oak. Gentle, fleshy and
      smooth with a tongue-coating quality. Damson-stone bitterness gives
      balance and stops it being too jammy.
    • Finish
      Clean, thick, sweet.

  45. drkrylov scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      80 80

  46. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Glenfiddich!
    • Nose
      Apples, a bit acrid (balsamic vinegar?), "Alcoholic".
    • Taste
      Sweet, caramel, candied fruits and dried fruits, woody influence relatively marked.
    • Finish
      Quite long and woody with lots of spices and fruity touches.

  47. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  48. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer`s Tasting Notes
    Nose: An earthy aroma, figs & orange marmalade, bright notes of fresh gooseberries & ripening grapes.

    Taste: Cinnamon & crushed black pepper with caramelised fruits, crystallised ginger, raisins and hints of dry oak.

    Finish: Pleasingly dry with warmth that fades into a lingering sweet marmalade finish.

  49. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    BillyNose: Cloves, apples, stewed gooseberry, pine, orange and a hint of old library mustiness.Palate:

    Caramel sweetness up front, although restrained compared to the 21yo,

    with apple, lemon and nutty cake - cinnamon, raisins, and general cakey

    goodness. Some wood kicks in at the end to round off the sweetness a

    touch.Finish: Sweet woody spice, sharp apples and old polished wooden panneling.Comments: Less sweet than the 21yo but also a bit less complicated.

  50. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tim F

    Nose: Quite nutty & oaky. Some pleasant, subtle cooked apple flavours behind.Palate:
    Again, noticeable sweet oak, with hazelnuts, brazilnuts. Packs a good
    punch considering it`s just 40%. Becomes drier and sweeter through the
    mid-palateFinish: Decent length, remains quite fresh and lively. Hint of citrus and grassiness coming through.Comment: A pleasant, enjoyable easy-drinking dram.

  51. MacMenM scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    no power in it but fine say excellent summer whisky to start on a nice terrace
    • Nose
      very pleasant, sweet fresh fruits as figs, grapes, some light coffee, creme fraiche
    • Taste
      light and sweet, not very layered
    • Finish
      short but fine, with fruid and wood

  52. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The first release for Glenfiddich`s Age of Discovery series celebrating
    the pioneering spirit of Portuguese explorers
    in the 15th Century. This was finished in Madeira wine casks.
     

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