Glenfiddich 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Solera Vat
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry, Bourbon & New Oak Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Apr 2013 11:42 am

Average value

€ 44,68

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 15-year-old

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.69 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    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 has obviously taken a toll.

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. mattheww scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. jaychen0913 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Perfect for beginners Very sweet honey fruity
    The solera system makes the old section feel like old wine. It is not suitable for people who seek multiple levels of sense and taste.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruit Barrel
    • Taste
      85 85
      Honey faint spice and alcohol stimulation. The mellow feeling of old wine in the later stage
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sweet, a little spice and mint

  4. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 40%
    Aroma: Apples, cinnamon, all in sherry garb. Dried meadow flowers, juicy fruitiness, maltiness. (86 pts)
    Taste: The 40% is already tea for me, the mushroom is more spoiled. :-) Sherry, honey, light sweetness, sweetness. (84 pts)
    Points: 85/100
    Summary: I have a bottle about half way, so I decided to write impressions. Even in its more modern weaker version, it still has much to offer, but the old version of 43% already has cult status in my idealized memories.

  5. LordTim scored this whisky 62 points Member Junior

    I have to say my view is different from average. First I hate dates, and this one is full of it. There's smoky sense of this but not decent at all, it is wired. It is very sour but most of my friend do not feel it properly. Somehow this may be a fine malt but I just do not like it.

  6. Lexnoordsij scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  7. Lexnoordsij scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Soft yet with its own character

  8. AdamsB scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The whisky matures in American and European oak barrels, and in new American white oak barrels. The distillates are mixed in an oak vat filled in half with 15-year distillate. Then it goes to a ladle made of Portuguese oak.
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, heather, citruses
    • Taste
      Oak, Sherry, Marzipan,
    • Finish
      Fruity, Sweet,

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is for me the calibration whisky par excellence. It has a little wisp of everything (smoke, sherry sweetness, bourbon cask fruitiness, and a bit of peat), which makes it a perfect mirror for almost any other whisky in existence. By itself it is a nice drop, although it pales in comparison to any four or five star whisky. There seems to be a lot of consistency between bottles, where it stays mostly the same apart from whether the nose is more yeasty or more sweet in a given bottle. I tend to give it 80 or 81 points depending on whether the yeast dominates or not.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The typical Glenfiddich notes on the nose. Soft floral aromas, vanilla, marzipan. A bit grassy, a bit vinous. There’s also something lactic and sherbetty about it. Discreet, creamy nuttiness from the sherry casks. The nose is rather soft-spoken and feels a bit thin. Pleasant, but thin. (Or: thin, but pleasant, if you’re in a glass-half-full kind of mood.)

    It’s just as well-behaved on the palate, though the virgin-oak casks generate a zingy zap of fresh tannins that bristle on the tip of the tongue. Somewhat bourbon-like, if you will. Sweet, silky, juicy, with an ever-so-soft prickle towards the death. The finish is made up of one-half mouthwatering citrus and one-half terribly tame tannins. Gone in an instant, though, signalling to you that it’s time for another sip...

    To sum up: a single malt that behaves like an upscale blend. Easy drinking; perfect if you’re in the mood for a soft Scotch that doesn’t require a whole lot of deciphering.


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