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.