Compared to the mass-produced 12-year-old Single Malt, Glenfiddich 15 Solera Vat is definitely a step up in quality. Rich and delicate fruitiness dominates the nose, in particular ripe apples, banana and grapes. Fresh spiciness and sherry cask influence add to the complexity of the malt. On the palate, the fruity notes are more subdued. Vanilla cream and honey sweetness are complemented by mild spices, most notably cinnamon. The finish is moderately long, bittersweet and spicy but not very substantial. High demand for casks obviously takes its toll.
RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
In my experience, the nose needs a bit of time to open completely with this one. Despite the musty notes, it was still an enjoyable dram, and this is the first time I've had these notes with this whisky.It may well have been the bottle. Generally though, this is a good casual sipping whisky.
Yeasty mixed grain bread and butterscotch, raisin and sherry, earthy walnut oil, clove and spiced dried fruits, marmalade/orange oil and dried leaf litter, a hint of rubber and wood-char, soft oak tannins
Oranges and tangerines, mixed cereal grains, fuji apples and spice (cinnamon and clove)
charred (slightly musty) oak tannins and hay, candle wax, and a lingering note of over-ripe raspberries and dark chocolate
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