Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry & Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Feb 2013 11:46 am

Average value

€ 87.16

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818 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

72 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 Super 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. Moses scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It is standard for an 18 cc, but very pleasant and round.
    Clearly the apples from the distillery character.
    Compared to the 15 and 12 he is clearly better.
    • Nose
      Immediately apple juice and then even more pleasant aromas. Caramel and malt go into pear,
      Always ripe apples! "Apple Helene" would be easier.
    • Taste
      There are strong echoes of malt that wrap themselves over the sweetness, but more of a dark chocolate comes to the fore.
    • Finish
      Rather only mediocre for 18 years, it remains sweet, chocolaty, and not entirely tannin-free. Also rather lower standard.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: Same as the 15yo but,… older, duh! Nothing gets past me! This batch of the ‘standard’ 18yo is made up from 80% bourbon and 20% sherry casks and is spared a ‘new wood’ finishing. Character-wise, this one speaks of fruity caramelised sugars and some malty fudge.

    T: With further ageing, it’s gone [bone-dry] drier with less spiciness compared to the 15yo.

    F: With sweet-bitter chocolate notes, I find this softer/more composed/more understated than the 15yo, and – also at 40% – a little flat.

    C: This is good old enjoyable stuff, though what it gains with those extra three years in oak and oakiness, it loses in vitality [more abv grumbles].


  4. AdamsB scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Cold filtered whisky colored with caramel. I am not a follower of Glenfiddich so the assessment may not be objective ....
    • Nose
      Caramel, vanilla, apple, spices, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and walnuts
    • Taste
      Cardboard, oak, dark chocolate, orange and leather
    • Finish
      Oak, apple, pear

  5. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. DrunkDude scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    rather balanced one, but lil bit too plain.
    • Nose
      Malty, slightly meaty, Fuji apple, fresh strawberry. 86
    • Taste
      Watery floral, then brings up some liqorice, back to spices, chocolate bitterness, ginger warmth. Citrus peel. Hints of Honey. 86
    • Finish
      Rich tannin some chocolate. 86

  8. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fairly simple, apples, oak, spice, honey, malt. Pleasant, but forgettable.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Light smoke, candle wax, apple, Chardonnay,
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oak spice, malt, apples,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spice lingers, with a light honey sweetness, fairly long for the abv

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I was given this blind at a friend and would have guessed it was some mostly-highland blend. The sherry isn't quite as present as in the 15yo, and while this is smokier, its taste is superficial and the finish so quick I truly thought it must've been cut with grain. Not a bad whisky but I think you get a better deal with the 15yo.

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Apple, pear, toffee, vanilla, oak ... round and harmonious.
    Somewhat softer than the 12er, but nothing unusual.


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