Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Reserve
Stated Age
18 years old
Oloroso Sherry & Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Dec 2015 8:00 am by xenopus

Average value

€ 77.37

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433 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.93 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. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 84pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is fresh and fruity with beautiful balanced notes of ripe fruits, sweet apples, some cocoa and chocolate.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is well rounded and slightly sweet with light hints of sweet apples, caramel and honey cake.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is simple and short with nuances of salty caramel, chocolate and hints of prunes and dried apricots.

  4. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    One of the benchmarks of balance among pre-eagerly raspyrochnyh adult releases. Good.
    • Nose
      A basket of ripe fruit, a sweet apple, a honeyed juicy pear, a little cocoa and sherry, chocolate chips.
    • Taste
      Sweet apples, caramel, honey and candied dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Salty caramel, chocolate and notes of prunes and dried apricots.

  6. 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.

  7. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      A lot of fruits. A mix of fresh fruit, some citrus and ripe fruit. Apples. Sweetness, slight acidity. Maybe some honey and vanilla in the background. An exceptionally crisp nose for an 18-year-old whisky.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Smooth, pleasant. Fresh fruit at first, then slightly ripe. Some sweets, caramel. Honey. Wood traces. Some wine notes in the background. A pinch of spices, cinnamon. Even maybe minimal tannins.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A little spice, cinnamon. Very ripe fruit. Wine notes, minimal dance. A bit of a barrel, but not so bitter. Lots of wine notes. Caramel-vanilla sweetness. Ripe fruit. Cocoa. Slightly warming up. Long finish.

  8. Don Cassi scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the 15, it is rounder and sweeter and less fresh. However, similarly mild and reserved. The apples look even more ripe, but the honey note is missing, which makes it appear less sweet.

    A little more voluminous in the mouth than its younger brothers, but still too flat and mild.

    In the finish like a diluted apple juice, then fruity sweet with pear and apple.

    Compared to the younger bottlings, it is the best in the series, but still too simple, mild and boring.

    Grade: 2-

  9. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Too bad. After the very appealing nose, I would have expected a lot more. All in all, an unimportant whisky that is clearly and should be a mass product. Always tastes better than the conventional super market whiskys.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very light and fruity. Fresh, crunchy apples, a little lime, light sweetness. Sugar and caramel. Very promising.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Hmm difficult. The alcohol stings easily, something like that shouldn't happen to such a distillery with such a dilute whisky of this age.

      On the other hand, it is very mild and balanced. Some fruit, a little vanilla. The whole thing is irrelevant, but not bad.
    • Finish
      78 78
      In short, with a little oak.

  10. whiskykerho did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Whiskykisa blind tasting 4.11.2017
    4th place overall (out of 6)
    19/30 points
    Individual member score (max 6): 4, 5, 4, 3, 3


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