Glenfiddich The Original

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Sherry Butts
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L32Z 4684 2408 1126
Added on
01 Oct 2015 3:19 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 110.22

13 × in wishlist

85 × member ratings

570 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich The Original

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.19 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    There is a flavour-driven malt in Glenfiddich’s line-up after all. It’s a brave soul who places this NAS expression [also presented at 40%] after the 15, 18 and 21yo. Recreated by Brian Kingsman with help from Hamish Robertson’s recipe book, comes this single malt inspired by the ‘Straight Malt’ style of 1963, the year Glenfiddich began international exports of whisky after the war.

    N: Yeasty, spirit-led with,.. Bombay Mix [really],.. is all I noted at the time.

    T: Distillate-led on the whole, with fruity vanillas, this is really easy to like. Despite being [perhaps 7 years] young, it’s not without some complexity either, which is required when you’re asking £85 [July 2016] for a NAS whisky.

    F: Some crisp light oils, some minerality,.. and other things. ‘Need more time’ is the last thing I noted. Is that ‘I needed more time’, or ‘it wants more time’, I wonder?

    C: This presentation reminds us that NAS isn’t new, merely [and very suddenly] far more prevalent – and pricey. As Serge says ‘,… the NAS issues are not about quality, they’re about transparency and prices‘.


  2. fnk scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Pleasant aroma, soft, not intense.
    In principle, a good malt, mediocre.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    For me it tastes like a smokier version of the standard 12. Different, but not something I'll seek out, for my taste.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      60 60

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A good Speyside malt in a beautiful tin - unfortunately again without age, but for a proud price!
    • Nose
      fresh citrus fruits (honeydew melon, pear), flowery, sweet, dec. Vanilla, pleasant;
    • Taste
      soft sweet onset, fruity, honey, light spiciness / oak, becoming dry;
    • Finish
      soft medium-long finish; sweet aftertaste;

  7. WSP scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Meh, not a very convincing dram. Tasted on 02/04/2017 in a Glenfiddich line-up (WB ID's 76463, 72490, 19148, 86462, 86461, in that order). 
    • Nose
      Prickly alcohol at the start (which is weird for only 40% ABV). Mustier than the present 12yo. Nutty (almonds), vanilla, green apples, yellow raisins.  
    • Taste
      A bit bland at first; diluted too much maybe? When swallowed vanilla comes forward, pear, ginger, almond again - going towards cashew nuts.  
    • Finish
      Honied vanilla accompanied with dry woodiness. White pepper. Not a very long finish. 

  9. Blo scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    The reproduction of the 1st Single Malt, issued by the distillery in 1963.
    Nothing extraordinary here, more a collection item to me.

    Tasted at Whisky Live Paris 2015.
    • Nose
      Quite similar to the classic 12yo. A bit "new-maky" if I can say so. Not weak at only 40%. Pears. It's not very complex and a bit too much alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Weak mouthfeel, on apple and pears, and that's quite all. Nothing bad here but this is too classic and for me too similar to the 12yo.
    • Finish

  10. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Inspired by the original 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt expression,
    this special edition shows the unique refreshing character of
    Glenfiddich. Pear-like fruitiness, soft vanilla and baked malty flavours
    mingle with warm and lingering dry oak spice to a beautifully rich,
    lively, and pleasantly complex whisky. I enjoyed this beauty neat as the
    dark fruits bring some more depth and richness.

    I thank Markus Heinze (Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich in Germany) for the sample!

    • Nose
      A delicate floral and fruity start on the nose with apples, pears, and a
      hint of citrus. With time darker fruits arrive, accompanied by crisp
      malt, oatcakes and tender treacle, with gentle spiced oak in the back.
      Very appetising.
    • Taste
      Fairly sweet with lively fruity notes, tender citrus and delicate
      vanilla. Warm spices emerge – oak, ginger and allspice, mixed with
      lingering flavours of oatcakes and crisp malt. Vibrant and intense.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, warm and spicy with cinnamon, gentle allspice, hints of cloves, and dry oak.

      WITH WATER: Fresher on the nose with more yellow fruit’s coming
      through, complemented by soft and lingering vanilla notes. Water tames a
      bit of the fruitiness on the palate with prominent warm spices and fine
      cinnamon. The finish is warm, spicy with medium length.


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