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Overall rating
82.99/100
votes
773
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 11:46 am

Average value

€ 86.45

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773 × member ratings

2124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.99 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. WhiskyRates_by_Tommy 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

  3. 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

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. psiiik scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  8. Moses scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. RBFB scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    One of my favourites!

  10. 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.

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