Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Oloroso Sherry & Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Jan 2009 12:05 pm

Average value

€ 34.48

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 12-year-old

174 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 76.29 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Administrator

    Being a solid benchmark Single Malt, this whisky is easily accessible to the beginner. Green apples and other fruits dominate on the nose, while Glenfiddich 12 tastes sweet, malty and quite harmonic. Its rather light character combines with hints of oak and slight bitterness in the finish. Unfortunately, there are some rough edges in the background of this spirit, presumably due to high demand for casks. After all, this whisky is one of the best-selling malts in the world. A warmly recommended Speysider that offers a practical introduction to malt whisky!

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    a good whisky to drink, does not hurt, looks diluted, little tension, no interplay of notes blind tasting
    • Nose
      sweet dusty grain, slightly artificial, sweet popcorn, apricot jam, light alcohol note, light bourbon note, piece of wood coated with apricot jam, very light beer
    • Taste
      Cool onset, then spicy, fruity, water, pleasant mouthfeel, a little peppery, in the background coolness and water, apricot jam diluted with pepper and water
    • Finish
      Sparkling, light yellow malt, sweet popcorn, some bitterness comes to the fading yellow fruit with honey

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Value (£25) : 5/10
    • Nose
      Initially malty and vanilla sweetness. Some caramel notes with ripe apples and pears.
    • Taste
      Thin mouthfeel. Sweet malt with fresh fruit notes. Slight oak spice balances the sweetness well
    • Finish
      Medium to short in length and mainly light citrus fruit notes

  4. AdamsB scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Glenfiddich 12 y.o. is a typical, sweet and delicate speysider. A light vegetable whisky that is perfect for starting your adventure with malts.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, pears, honey, citrus, oak
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity, apples, pears, spices, oak
    • Finish
      Apple, citrus, sweet with bitter, oak and moderately long finish, slightly peppery.

  5. markfeit scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    light and fruity, some pear notes. Nothing compared to the 15 solera. This is a much simpler dram. A good starting point for a whisky journey.

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose made me very optimistic. Due to their fruity and harmonious way, I was looking forward to the first sip. But what I felt after the first sip was pure disappointment. Extremely watery and expressionless! Apart from that, I only noticed the different wood tones, woody sharpness and walnuts in the taste and aftertaste. So either I got a bad day today or that malt was just nothing. I have saved myself a little sip, this malt is crying for a second chance. Unfortunately, today there are only 79 points ...
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Discreet smoke and a spicy fruit note rises from the glass. Nuts and slightly sour fruit flavors mingle, the alcohol content is harmoniously integrated and tickles slightly after a long nose slightly in the nose. The sour fruit flavors become more intense, dried berries and grapes come to the fore, and peach is added. Toasted aromas and a pinch of cocoa powder appear, the fruity notes are creamier and more velvety. Milk chocolate and a hint of spices mingle with ground walnuts. The cocoa or chocolate flavor is stronger and yet dominates the sour and spicy fruit note. Here and there I form a somewhat creamy and spicy wood. Are there tobacco or dried tobacco leaves emerging at the very end?
    • Taste
      Cool, pale and extremely watery, the first sip flows over the tongue. Decent harsh and dark wood flavors follow the relatively expressionless and watered down first impression. A touch of spicy wood follows, slightly tart hints and a hint of dark fruit ... and then only once is calm ... nothing happens ... After a few moments, tart and dark wood elements rise, subtle wooden sharpness arises on the Tongue. From the dry and harsh wood tones rises dark and tart walnut aroma, grassy and wet foliage follows.
    • Finish
      Tart and creamy wood elements rest on the tongue. The initial sharpness of the taste still sounds a little bit in the end. Otherwise, I perceive only subtle and slightly harsh wood tones, creamy and pale, the last flavors rest for a moment on the palate. An acid sweet spicy note is above the complete aftertaste. At the very end, a sweetish spice note mixes with some walnut.

  7. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The classic. ME wrongly perverted. This is probably because he may have been the entry-level dram of many generations of whisky lovers, and the expectations with more intense (and often much more expensive) drams are simply increasing over time.
    Still solid and exactly what makes a Speyside Dram.
    • Nose
      Sweet with a lot of green apple, some malt, toffee, honey and oak in the background. The typical Glenfiddich nose, which sure every one of the beginner to the Malt Maniac has inhaled several times.
      I like that nose every time.
    • Taste
      The nose is essentially repeated. The oak turns into a slightly peppery note, the apples remain and the honey sauce repeats itself.
    • Finish
      Short to medium with malty flavors and a hint of toffee.

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  9. VanOpek scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      sweet-floral, fruits, apple, vanilla, honey, milk chocolate, apple pie
    • Taste
      79 79
      sweet and fresh, fruity, light peppery, floral, pears, summer meadow, cereal
    • Finish
      78 78
      light oak, balanced, pleasant, dry, cereal, warm and simple

  10. Kilo1 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    A classic, but quickly boring, sweet with hints of pear and green apple.


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