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Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
83.04/100
votes
654
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry & Bourbon Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327325132
Added on
03 Feb 2013 11:48 am

Average value

€ 82,15

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.04 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Administrator

    Why do you bottle a rather expensive 18-year-old Single Malt at thin 40% ABV, add E150a colorant and chill-filter it? Big question mark! Light but subtle in the aroma, there is a dominating note of overripe apples with some cinnamon, vanilla cream and hints of Oloroso casks in the background. Orange zest and a touch of cider characterize the aromatic arrival, followed by restrained fruitiness and a medium-length finish with mildly bitter wood spices. Altogether somewhat boring and without big complexity, Glenfiddich's 15yo Solera Vat is a better value.

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. psiiik scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. midnite scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A go-to whisky, a household staple, a satisfying everyday dram, a great value-for-money whisky (at least when I bought the one-liter bottle for 60 €), and, yes: a bit underpowered.

    On the nose, candied orange peel, cookie dough and baking spices vie for supremacy. It's sherried alright, but without the Oloroso aromas pasting over everything else. The Glenfiddich fruits and florals come through nicely; this is still really fragrant, even after 18 years - and even at 40%. Classic nose, hard not to like. Simultaneously deep and light. An achievement, especially in such a high-circulation bottling.

    On the palate: beautiful rich chocolate-and-cocoa notes, caramel fondant with sweet vanilla pudding and orange candies. Some flower blossoms sprinkled on top. Perhaps some rhubarb pie as well? Liquid dessert, is what I'm saying. Sure, the mouthfeel could be better, but at this price, I'm reluctant to quibble.

    Finish: medium, does the best that it can with the stingy ABV it's gotten.

    A flagship whisky, a bit consensual perhaps, but simply delicious, and wildly underrated if you can get it at a decent price.

  4. mosesumike scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It's standard for a '18, but it's very comfortable and round.
    Clearly the apples from the Brennereicharakter.
    Compared to the 15s and 12s it is a poem.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Instant apple juice and then more pleasant flavors. Caramel and malt go over in pear,
      Always ripe apple! Simpler would be "Apple Helene".
    • Taste
      82 82
      There are strong hints of malt which are put over the sweetness, but already rather dark chocolate comes to light.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Rather mediocre for 18 years, it stays sweet, chocolaty, and not completely tannin-free. Also rather standard.

  5. RBFB scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    One of my favourites!

  6. Collegiate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    I think this would be a great dram to give to someone blind. I’m no fiddich fan and I want to hate everything they are doing, but whenever I have this dram I find it quite enjoyable. I wish it were bottled at a higher strength no doubt, however this is a quality dram with good complexity and lots of nice aging brought into the mix. Unfortunately the QPR is pretty bad as this bottle has almost doubled in price where I am in the last four years.

  7. namnug scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      With much citric character (of mainly orange), vanilla, and hints of honey and dried raisins.
    • Taste
      Thin and smooth body. Palate balanced and plain, a bit dull. Tastes of vanilla, cocoa, and malt. Ends with slight spices.
    • Finish
      Short. A hint of spice remains.

  8. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    nice standard for a leisurely drink in the circle of friends. clear taste notes and easy to decipher.
    • Nose
      very fruity, round and soft. Pears bananan honey melon Peaches and immature oranges, behind it knocks the barrel of the 18 and gives the woody spices.
    • Taste
      creamy tender, the 40% are very reserved, butterscotch and still the fruity notes. Barely to taste for aging. overall pretty easy
    • Finish
      short and reserved. Here you can see most clearly that he has only 40%. fresh spice spreads nevertheless with floral notes in the mouth.

  10. Whisky Jig scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Nothing objectionable, nothing remarkable. Well made, well balanced, a little mild, if not outright weak.   I dearly wish it was bottled at a higher ABV; even 43 or 46 would have provided far more of a stage for what is, really, a very respectable spirit. 

    Shoe polish, oiled wood and ripe apples on the nose, with a distinct "look, we blended some sherry and bourbon casks, what do you want" thrust on the palate.  Quite nice.  Won't launch a thousand ships, but maybe three tugs?  A dozen rowboats?  
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

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