Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 76.27

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.19 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. PaulDvorak scored this whisky 84 points 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.

  3. 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.

  4. PedroMoya scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    It is a whisky that needs to rest a little in the glass to be able to appreciate the notes and flavor well since if it is done too quickly it will not be expected, it is creamy with a taste of malt, red apple, raisins and with a medium finish it is well balanced Although for me the 15-year-old is better, I don't know what other people thought
    • Taste
      Red apple, raisins, malt flavor
    • Finish
      Medium completion

  5. davidloosli scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    ABV is too low, besides that it's pretty OKisch
    • Nose
      82 82
      Apricot jam, carrot cake, Lemon zest, orange, roasted almonds, a light soapyness (rose water)
    • Taste
      81 81
      sweet, cloying and sticky, some Grapefruits, bitter orange marmalade, Cointreau, sweet nuts, caramel
    • Finish
      82 82
      rather light and watery, a bit of caramel, vanilla, sugar syrup for pastries

  6. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  7. RobbievdB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Although widely available I find this Glenfiddich very drinkable. It’s jam packed with fruits like red apples, fresh pineapples and red fruits accompanied by fresh honey sweetness. It lacks power yes, it isn’t overly complex no, but it’s good at what is does; delivering a tasty whisky that wil suit the majority.

  8. wembleytor scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    An archetypal Spey, with a good balance. Oak comes through without being *too* oaky. An easy drinker with occasional spicier notes. Bourbon/sherry cask. Does what it should do, without doing hitting the heights it *could* do - not getting much oloroso. So much better than the 12 year old.

  9. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

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

  10. kaljakori scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    It's a good whisky, but has potential to be something so much more. Glenfiddich has the money, resources and casks to do batches of non-chillfiltered and natural color whisky at 50%+ abv, they've shown that in the past. It's a shame we usually don't see that for the 18 year old or higher age statements.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Classic Glenfiddich. Apples, bit of honey, other fruits in there too. Some sherry and dried fruit.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Again, good, but unsurprising. Fresh fruit, especially apples, hint of chocolate and honey, bit of sherry.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long and pleasant, although very dry towards the end. Tobacco, sweet herbs, tea and a hint of citric notes.


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