Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Intertrade (It)
Bottling serie
Pure Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
29 years old
Sherry Wood
50.6 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
21 Dec 2012 12:02 am
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2241.67

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28 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 1956 It

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.15 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    With water :-

     Nose - 3 drops of water make this even jammier, the oak is till there but slightly floral now, still some apricot and chocolate orange.

    Palate - Salted caramel, tastes salty  like brine and there is more peat now but still a very vreamy texture

    Finish is a little longer than neat, medium length.

    A lovely whisky.
    • Nose
      Elegant is a word I often use to describe old delicate whiskies and this certainly fits the bill. You can smell the wood mixed in with furniture polish, wax and very rich fudge. There are faint notes of peat and cereal and there is some fruit in there like apricot or ripe nectarine and whiffs of orange in the background.
    • Taste
      First impression is it is very creamy and very dry with the flavours very compact, I think this will need a few drops of water.

      I cannot believe how creamy it is, the sherry is there from the start but it is a lovely almost flawless type of sherry, not like a brutal Glendronach or Glenglassaugh. The taste is on hot pastries, apricot jam but really dark apricot, almost like a rich breakfast marmalade.
    • Finish
      Not long but so fine I am struggling to define it,

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Tried this -  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12248/glenfarclas-21-year-old

    This is a great whisky and just the type I like but to accurately gauge it I need to compare it with a similar sort of whisky, the type I refer to as elegant. 

    This is a perfect one  for a straight shoot out that I have at 95-96 points:- 


    The nose on the Farclas is sweeter and I prefer it but it is extremely close, the Glenfiddich is heavier on the nose. 

    The Glenfiddich has a fantastic palate and is on the syrupy side, perfect balance, tightly combined flavours with more in the way of spice.   

    The Farclas is light in comparison to the Fiddich, I think the Fiddich just edges it by a whisker but both are extremely well balanced.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Ok after giving this a massive score baring in mind it is the best vintage wink  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/37257/glenlivet-1967 (98) 

    I need to put it H2H against other whiskies I have rated highly  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9189/tormore-1966-sa (97) 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38818/glenfiddich-1956-it (96)  

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10911/longrow-1974-sa (96) 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11867/karuizawa-1967 (95) 

    This is a scoring re-evaluation for me to see if I am scoring correctly, a reset if you like.  Only got time to try neat so here goes, the Glenfiddich 1st as it is the most delicate from memory  

    Glenfiddich it - Fantastic nose but not as complex on the palate as I remember, still lovely?  

    Tormore sa- A young sherry fizz bomb, as its younger there is more fruit, majestic, old glendronach/Glenglassaugh 1st fill cannot hold a candle to this and their high scores appear bogus in comparison.  

    Karuizawa 67 - Good but like Glendronach aged stuff not in the same league but this is better than any Gledronach IMHO (I use Glendronach merely to illustrate a highly regarded aged sherry monster), well its at least on par anyway. Good stuff more bubblegum notes this time. 

    Longrow sa - What a nose this has, one of the best, awesome overall, cannot fault this in any way, perfect but my palate has been smashed by this one.   Will need a break for the Glenlivet  so far 


    1 - Glenfiddich  2 - Longrow  3 - Tormore  4 - Karuizawa 

    PALATE  1 - Longrow  2 - Tormore  2 - Glenfiddich (equal)  4 - Karuizawa 

    At the moment the Glenfiddich and Karuizawa are dropping a point as does the Tormore but the Longrow goes up a point., saying that the nose on the Glenfiddich is at 99p  so where does this Glenlivet fit in? 

    OMG, yes it is still 97p verging on 98, cannot decide but it is a work of art, you know what  I cannot really split the Glenlivet and the longrow but I will give the Glenlivet the nod by a whisker. 

    Holy Cow, what a surprise. 

    Edit  after much deliberation I left the KZ at 95 and the Glenfiddich at 96 as the nose on this is the best out of anyhing I can remember, its a 98 nose at least maybe 99 on sweet coffee.  The Tormore drops a point almost 2 but its only a single point in front of the KZ. The Longrow goes up a point and well deserved and the Glenlivet stays on top at 98, for now anyway, next week I might think differently remember this H2H is just a snapshot in time.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    This whisky was so good that the Mother of all head to head tastings I was planning for a few months time will have to be brought forward to this evening, so I can compare the other contenders to this one.

     I have not got enough left to start off from scratch so while it is fresh in my memory I need to do it now.

    I have been planning to do a H2H of some top rated whiskies just to see if my palate is in a agreement with some of those whiskies that people score a 100 , certainly 96+.

     Some whiskies on here have massive scores from people, I just want to know from a personal level if I agree.

    List of contenders to follow, and to think I was supposed to go for a run tonight, never mind research comes first

    1 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/15778/springbank-1969-sv 96.93 points, 59 votes, no1 rated whisky on WB
    Wild card entries that I think will compare well, the next 3 are not in the top 100 on WB
    2 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/7843/glenlochy-1965-sv 92.84 points, 21 votes
    3 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38818/1956-it 95 points, 3 votes
    4 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/8677/blair-athol-21-year-old-mi 91.55, 23 votes

    The following are in the top 100 on WB

    5 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/53760/glenglassaugh-1972 95.26 points 245 votes, no 20 rated
    6 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/8342/bowmore-1964-black 95.18 points 85 votes, no 25 rated
    7 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/72279/glendronach-1972 95.01 points 74 votes, no 35 rated
    8 - https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11046/springbank-35-year-old 94.25 points,87 votes no 89 rated

    I am not even sure I can do 8, might have to limit it to 6, I have others here, another springbank, glenglassaugh, Ardbeg provenance 1974

    Springbank to be tried first


    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/427/brora-3rd-release 93.98 points , 208 votes, I decided it would be worthwhile including this one, which due to the peat I will try last.Result

    1 - Glenfiddich
    2nd - Glenlochy 1965 SV
    3rd - Springbank 1969 SV
    4th - Black Bowmore 1st edition
    5th - Blair Athol MI
    6TH - Springbank 35 year Millenium
    7th - Brora 2004
    8th - Glenglassaugh
    9th - GlendronachFull notes on this thread https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h

  5. GLEN MAUR did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting note by Serge Valentin

    Glenfiddich 29 yo 1956/1985 (50.6%, Intertrade, 384 bottles, sherry) Independent Glenfiddichs are very rare, and we have to rely on old stashes to be able to try some. Colour: gold. Nose: superb, almost magnificent in its extreme yet fantastically subtle oakiness! I think I almost never smelled a whisky that was so woody and so complex at the same time. ‘Anti-plankish’ (what?), instantly hinting at an old Jaguar (saloon) or maybe a Rolls-Royce (but how would we know?) and then distributing aromas as a machine gun would distribute bullets, that is to say one after the other at a heavy pace. Apricot pie, incense, cigar box, camphor, ginger, wood varnish, beeswax, banana skin, very old rum, leather polish, fresh almonds… And then the sherry comes out, almost brutally, with huge notes of coffee that just ran out of the expresso machine. Superb, very superb. Mouth: ho-ho-ho! Thick, deep, rich, fruity, phenolic and resinous, with once again a lot of oak and once again a beautiful one. An avalanche of dried fruits (figs, bananas, pears, apricots, dates, prunes… Actually, you have them all) as well as all spices (and even a little salt), all that doing ‘the peacock’s tail’ in the most beautiful manner. How rich! Finish: as long as a Neil Young guitar solo, maybe just a tad bitter now (the tannins are big) but with also some very, very ‘funny’ notes of raspberry eau-de-vie that make for an unexpected, yet most pleasant signature. Comments: Intertrade! These people knew their job – and they still do. Stellar old Glenfiddich, now my #1 on the GF list! SGP:663 - 94 points.

  6. ReKnird scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    My best whisky and liquids.

  7. Sitin scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky

  8. Udovitsa Andrey scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Glenfiddich

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    I have had to keepprice point high so as not to affect the average vote because IB Glenfiddich are as rare as hens teeth.

    A beautiful whisky
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96


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