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Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
84.12/100
votes
229
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Reserve
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry & Bourbon Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327325132
Added on
05 Dec 2015 8:00 am by xenopus
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 77.41

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229 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.12 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2019] What a funny labeling! A "Small Batch Reserve" that is diluted to 40% abv and sold worldwide - how small can this be, actually? And if a certain batch number is more delicious than the others how can I find a second bottle? This all sounds just like stupid marketing nonsense that aims to make a standard edition more sexy to collectors (but who collects Glenfiddich 18-years old bottles, anyone out there?)...

    ...and this tastes exactly as a standard edition should taste: Easy without any spikes or off-notes but without the complexity that makes the great editions so interesting. It is a good dram to serve to friends which are not into whisky yet, I guess most rookies will like it (somehow)...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a lush honey-waxy-floral profile with notes of green apples that is not bad, actually. This is truly an old style Traditional Scotch nose which is mainly spirit-driven but it is not the most complex one. Nice to take a sniff before drinking, nothing else.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is about the same, quite fresh on home-grown fruits, honeys, waxes and some summer floral impressions and easy drinkable, for sure. It is not really interesting in terms of flavours exploration, after some chewing a milk chocolate note joins in - that is it. But there are no off-notes or imbalances either so this is what I call "quaffable" when focussing on other things (like a good football match).
    • Finish
      85 85
      The whisky arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with no ditracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds some bitter notes of tobacco and green tea that are welcomed first but turn a little annpying towards the end (because the finish dries out on these notes). Water is not needed on this anyhow low-proof dram.

  2. BXpress scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This is what the 12 should be like.
    • Nose
      Soft nose on lots of malt, marzipan, green apples. No big suprises here. Very typical and well balanced Speyside character. Slightly spirity and that's pretty much it.
    • Taste
      Very much the same as the nose, only with more honey and a bit of cinnamon. No obvious flaws and no exciment either. The epitome of a daily dram. Very soft but you can taste the over dillution.
    • Finish
      Short, much on liquorice and a hint of oak.

  3. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Sandman23 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Misery scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Glenfiddich 18 yo | 40% | 21 + 21 + 21 + 21 = 84pts
    N: A basket of ripe fruit, a sweet apple, a juicy honey pear, some cocoa and sherry, chocolate crumb.
    T: Sweet apples, caramel, honey and candied dried fruit.
    F: Salted caramel, chocolate and prunes and dried apricots.
    B: One of the benchmarks of balance among the extremely adult releases. Good.

  6. mosesumike scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This malt should be tested together with the standard 18er. In direct comparison, it shows its mass compatibility. Others would say that is too boring. I would say that's the bottle that should not be missing in any household.
    An absolute all-rounder without corners and edges. Very independent with distillery character. I think he succeeded well.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A beguiling nose. Like at the Christmas market.
      Apple Helene with bright fruits, hazelnuts and a little coffee. There is some oak, but the nose stays sweet. No bitterness. Burnt almonds get through and still no stinging alcohol. Wow, good barrel choice.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Surely nothing is to be expected with this drinking strength. But he does it all right with apple helene and spicy nuts without being bitter. Even bright fruits come through.
      Again, everything was done right. Respect Glenfiddich.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to long with malty note. With light pepper on caramel, he says goodbye silently and quietly but with a clear message, ... pour again please :-)

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. wbarchive_380086 scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Color: bronze-gold.
    ABV: 40%.

    Nose: Assorted fruits. Here, and a fragrant grapefruit, and red sweet apples, pear and caramel carrot flavor with chocolate. [n22]

    Taste: Fruit candy, apricot, sweet juicy pear, vanilla. [t21]

    Finish: long, hot. Salted caramel and pear. [f20]

    Balance: A very tasty drink, I immediately want to write about it. When pouring it into the sniffer, there was a feeling that you poured a slightly thick oil, but definitely not a "watery" drink. First tens of seconds in the aroma there is spiritness, which very quickly goes away. To the nose immediately rushes a whole fruit bouquet, led by apples and grapefruit. In taste, I would say the prevalent distinct pear, which is either replaced by apricots and candies. The aftertaste is bright, rich and bold. Caramel merges with the pear, a little salt is manifested. The price tag for the whole bottle is quite democratic. Here it is, my second bottle, which I add to my "must buy" list, after Old Ballantruan Peated Malt. Excellent. [b23]

    Score n + t + f + b: 86

  9. mosesumike scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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