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Glenfiddich 15-year-old

Overall rating
83.31/100
votes
414
Whiskybase ID
WB69194
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Edition
Bottled
17.03.2011
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon Casks
Strength
51.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Label
Grey Label
Bottle code
L32V 4232 1703
Barcode
5010327325224
Added on
14 Jun 2015 6:01 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 47.28

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414 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 15-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.31 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    "Darker" than I had expected - and better! Nicely leather-y and rich, with the higher ABV providing lift and power without turning things too boozy. There's a pleasant sense of Bourbon/Sherry-interplay on the nose, without one side getting the upper hand. The typical Glenfiddich fruits and florals are there, but the casks definitely have had their say. Water makes the nose more buttery and soft and lightens it up a bit (tending more towards Bourbon-cask aromas now). Gets more oaky / older-seeming with more time in the glass.

    Without water, it's perhaps a bit tart and acrid in the mouth, almost as if we're tasting Arran. Very good though, with a strong and sweet body and (for Glenfiddich) almost an oily mouthfeel. Reduced, things get more approachable, though the tart edge remains. So what flavors do we get? I'd say oranges and pears (with the peel), salted caramel, and some interestingly chalky/mineralic associations, somewhere between aspirin tablets and limestone. Good stuff!

    The finish is medium, with some subdued sweetness and lemon sherbet lingering the longest.

    Overall, a really substantial version of Glenfiddich at a great value-for-money ratio. A sleeper candidate for my very own private bang-for-your-buck award...

  2. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    spices, oak, combined with quite a load of vanilla and honey. sweet fruits all over with a very nice ABV. mingesl nicley. body and finish are more intense than with the 15yo Solera, finish is longer, with more spices and more oak. that is some nice dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. markfeit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    not much nose except alcohol. wood on the palate, a finish of honey, vanilla, and astringent wood. A few drops of water really opens it up, makes it creamier and really nice. 85 with water.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A nice Glenfiddich with balls. The higher ABV certainly helped in that regard. Around 45 EUR, which is a fair deal.
    • Nose
      The nose is quite interesting. Not as light as you would expect from Glenfiddich. In fact, it is a bit naughty. Loads of vanilla and woodspice precede the fruit. I get mostly apples and pears, but also some peach and milk chocolate and an unexpected but lovely trace of woodsmoke.
    • Taste
      The arrival is very nice – good body – with its 51%. Loads of pears now, together with all kinds of spices from the wood. Ginger, pepper, bakery spices and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and paprika powder. Nevertheless, it remains nicely soft and sweet.
    • Finish
      The finish is the highlight of this malt. Medium long on peppered pears and some cinnamon. A trace of oak at the death. Fine.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The higher bottling strength is a bonus, but I am not completely convinced by the character of the woodspices in this whisky. The cask influence might have gone a little bit too far here.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Bitter oranges, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, clove and cinnamon

      Very slow development when adding water. After half an hour, much more vanilla, honey and also pear.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Again the bitter oranges and vanilla. Quite peppery with clove and nutmeg spices from the wood.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium aftertaste with grapefruit, pepper, nutmeg and a bitter oakiness.

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps the case when the increase in strength added density and power, but broke the balance and slightly spoiled the flavor, compared with the regular version.
    • Nose
      Sharp, dry, sawdust, stain, herbal notes, sandpaper, lemon zest, fresh board, a little dried fruit and creamy coding tones in the background.
    • Taste
      Thick, tart, spicy oak, dried fruits, apple confiture, malt, creamy notes, ginger, orange peel
    • Finish
      Spicy, lollipops, lemonade, light oak notes, mint, eucalyptus, dried apples, raisins,

  7. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Typical 15-year-old Speysider. Lots of fruit, but not that fresh. More baked. Maybe baked apples. Vanilla. Some cinnamon. Baked apples in cinnamon. Apple-mint drink.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Baked fruit again. Spices. Pepper. Cinnamon. A bit of a barrel. Caramel, but not very sweet. Pretty peppery. Oily. Honey.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Spices. Ginger. Baked fruit. Apples and peaches. Some sweets. Caramel. Honey. Medium-long finish.

  8. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I am mostly a little sad that Glenfiddich traditionally still holds on to bottling the majority of its bottlings at 40-43%. So I'm all the more happy about every outlier.
    Here it is a great experience to be able to enjoy the typical Glenfiddich pear aroma, which I appreciate so much, in full strength. Even if this bottling is not one of the most complex, I am still happy and elated every time I taste it ...
    • Nose
      85 85
      Well-integrated alcohol. Pears, caramel, honey, delicate oak seasoning, pine needles, limes, green apples.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly oily and nice and strong. Very slight sharpness. Doesn't need water. Apples, pears, honeydew melon, lemon balm, limes, oak seasoning.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish. Pear compote with crème brûlée and freshly squeezed orange juice.

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. whiskyd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

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