Glenfiddich 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Gran Reserva - Rum Cask Finish
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Cask + Rum Cask Finish
Batch 29
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Cask Selection: 29
Added on
12 Jul 2012 1:54 pm

Average value

€ 144.20

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178 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 21-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [Batch 27]

    Fergus goes into some detail about how meticulously put together this 21yo is, but alas, I can’t keep up with the info. It’s been a long morning.

    N: Initially smelling [rightfully] older than the first two, it soon appears more youthful/vibrant as it opens up. Raisins-forward with some toffee, tropical notes, stewed ginger sweets, I’d say the rum cask influence [on knowing] is evident but unassuming.

    T: I can’t say I detect the rum influence too much on the palate. For me, this works better than the standard 18yo. With more tropical floral notes, spicy dry malt, fudge-putty, some desirable dryness,…. a sustaining hum follows,..
    F: ,….. and follows,… It’s a hummer, woody and sweet into Murray Mints, a little hot chocolate,.. chocolate coffee liqueurs,..

    C: Enjoyable [and fresh 21yo] whisky where the rum influence is discernible yet unobtrusive [even more abv grumbles].

    [Scores 84 points]


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

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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The nose is the best part.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I am sure some will really like this but not a winner for my palate.
    • Nose
      Quite a nice nose, the rum is discreet and there is cigar smoke, prunes, chocolate and almond.
    • Taste
      Quite thick but a little dry and bitter as though you had put coffee granules in your mouth (but not as bad).

      I definitely get cocoa powder, tiramisu and bitter vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium length on prune juice and coffee (tastes better than it sounds)

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

    A very tasty dram with a great balance. Delivers more than expected.
    It displays an attractive array of fruity aromas and spicy flavours with
    a very enjoyable rum influence. But you must give it time to get there.
    Smooth, rich and mature. A charming malt to spend an evening exploring
    its complex flavours.

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

    • Nose
      Rich and intense on the nose with creamy vanilla and delicate rum
      flavours. Sweet fruit is coming through, baked apples, ripe pear, banana
      and figs, along with pear drops and lingering caramel toffee. There's
      subtle leather in the back with a touch of oak spice and cedar wood.
      This dram needs time to open up, but then the complexities will soon
      follow. Very elegant and aromatic!
    • Taste
      Smooth, sweet and fruity at the beginning. Full-bodied with fruit
      orchard and rum flavour, complemented by brown sugar, delicate toffee
      and lingering vanilla. Becomes vibrant and dry with pleasant layers of
      delicate spices - ginger, tannins and subtle citrus - accompanied by
      gentle chocolate and a whiff of wood smoke.
    • Finish
      Sweet and fruity with a long finish. Ripe pear and marmalade with a mix of chocolate, spice and dry oak on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Water tames the fruitiness and sweetness on the nose with
      spices become more prominent. Creamy on the palate with significantly
      more spice on the tongue, mainly pepper and again less fruity notes. The
      finish still is long with warming spice.

  6. Gronqvist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rich with brown sugar, candied apple character, beeswax, honey, cafe au lait, pear drops, honeysuckle and a touch of orange.
    • Taste
      Sweet and full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a good balance of polished oak and orchard fruit, along with dark sugar, caramel, chocolate sponge cake, toffee pudding, crème brûlée, even a hint of pannacotta. The oak is prominent without overwhelming. 
    • Finish
      Long aftertaste with apple, pear grain, wood polish, dark chocolate, mochaccino, marmalade  and unpleasant hint of cardboard.


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