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Glenfiddich 15-year-old

Overall rating 246 votes 82.21
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Solera Vat
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry, Bourbon & New Oak Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 Apr 2013 11:36 am

Member rates

738 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 20
Taste 20
Finish 20
Balance 20

Tastingtags

30 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Moderator Slàinte Mhath Review note
07 May 2017 12:30 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 85 points

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 85 pts   ·ABOVE AVERAGE [+]·

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
81
Price
86
Presentation
84
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
GlenGabriel
Member Senior GlenGabriel Review note
25 Apr 2017 11:32 pm
GlenGabriel gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
82.9
Nose
83
Initial taste
81
Body
84
Finish
84
Price
84
Presentation
81
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valery77
Expert Junior valery77 Review note
11 Feb 2017 3:54 pm
valery77 gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81.6
Nose
84
Initial taste
83
Body
82
Finish
80
Price
78
Presentation
80
LJBurns
Member Junior LJBurns Review note
28 Jan 2017 12:25 am
LJBurns gave this whisky 78 points

On the nose, there's a tangy bitterness. Quite woody, and an odd "gluey" note.Some dried fruit.

On the pallette this is quite dry and tannic, with restrained light sugar sweetness. There's a tangy mouthwatering sourness to it
I'm not a massive fan. It feels the cask has taken over from the spirit.
Weighted Rate
77.7
Nose
75
Initial taste
81
Body
79
Finish
76
Price
80
Presentation
75
AdelphosHume
Expert Junior AdelphosHume Tasting note
20 Jan 2017 9:02 pm
AdelphosHume gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Amber
Nose

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

Taste

Oranges and tangerines, mixed cereal grains, fuji apples and spice (cinnamon and clove)

Finish

charred (slightly musty) oak tannins and hay, candle wax, and a lingering note of over-ripe raspberries and dark chocolate

Comments

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.

Laga93
Expert Senior Laga93 Review note
15 Jan 2017 7:43 pm
Laga93 gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
82.6
Nose
85
Initial taste
81
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
83
Presentation
83
Andytka3
Connoisseur Andytka3 Review note
26 Dec 2016 4:31 am
Andytka3 gave this whisky 78 points

Nose:- Nice floral upfront follow by coffee caramel over soft honey note. Nice structure, mild nature.

Palate:- Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, thinny sweet with present of wood. Soft flavor, touch of vanilla.

Finish:- Quite smooth, short and simple. Distant cherry note on the tail.

— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

Weighted Rate
85.4
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
85
boy_genius_ck
Expert Senior boy_genius_ck Review note
11 Dec 2016 12:44 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
80.7
Nose
82
Initial taste
79
Body
81
Finish
80
Price
80
Presentation
83
boy_genius_ck
Expert Senior boy_genius_ck Tasting note
11 Dec 2016 12:09 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 81 points
Color
Amber
Nose

rich honey, red fruits, cake, cinnamon, red wood

Taste

light honey, buttered grains, light fruits, spice, cinnamon

Finish

short, spicy, grain sweetness with a touch of fruits, cereals and lightly nutty at the back

Comments

similar but a much better version of the glenlivet 15, well married and the bourbon notes doesn’t hurt either

CST1986
Expert Junior CST1986 Tasting note
09 Aug 2016 3:25 pm
CST1986 gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Fruity, rich, spicy, juicy and balanced. A fantastic nose! I get melons, apricot jam, plums, juicy peaches and thick pulpy orange juice. Yes, it's very jammy and juicy. Behind that a backbone of maple syrup, cocoa and polished oak furniture. This noses older than its 15 years, and the casks that were used must have been top notch.

Taste

Soft and smooth on the tongue. Very easy-to-drink. Sweet and spicy. It's still fruity, but not as succulent and rich as on the nose. Honey, orange zest, Chinese plum wine, chocolate and caramel. In the background there's something peppery and savoury. All in all very nice flavours, but you can feel that the whisky lost something of its vibrancy on the palate due to dilution and chillfiltration.

Finish

Medium, jammy, slightly drying and silky.

Comments

This is definitely a nosing whisky, the smells and nuances you get from it are fascinating and hint at a much older age than just 15 years. Unfortunately, the palate doesn't quite hold up to this, it's a little bit too thin and flattish to convey a really great and coherent experience. But don't forget we're talking about a whisky you can buy for less than 40 quid, which means that this still is an almost unbeatable bang for your buck offer when it comes to medium sherried Speysiders.
I so wish that Glenfiddich would launch a cask strength version of the Solera!

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