Glenfiddich 18-year-old

Overall rating
84.01/100
votes
512
Whiskybase ID
WB75104
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Reserve
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry & Bourbon
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327325583
Added on
05 dec 2015 8:00 am by xenopus
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 106.36

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1800 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenfiddich 18-year-old

47 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.01 points.

  1. 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 :-)

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  3. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The nose convinces me with great fruit notes, in the mouth and in the finish it is unfortunately a bit too weak. This may be mainly due to the low alcohol content. A few percent more would very likely give it a very interesting intensity. Nevertheless, I really liked him. However, the focus here is clearly more on whisky beginners and occasional connoisseurs than on "nerds".

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/glenfiddich-18-years/
    • Nose
      Light, distinctly sweet and extremely fruity with subtle citrus notes, peach passion fruit, red berries (especially wild strawberries). Then a clear smell of apricots comes through, which almost reminds me of apricot liqueur. After a few minutes and at the latest after the first taste, caramel is added, as well as a slight seasoning of the barrels. Oak notes can be guessed at best.
    • Taste
      It spreads very softly and again brings a clear sweetness. Here I am mainly reminded of pears or pear brandy. There is also a faint citrus note and ripe apples. The oak is a bit more present here than in the nose, it reminds me of liquorice. I can't find any bitter notes, the mouthfeel stays sweet the whole time.
    • Finish
      It stays sweet with almond biscuits, shortbread biscuits and noticeable cinnamon. The vanilla gets a little stronger, but the basic character remains fruity. Citrus fruits and red berries come through. The finish is about medium-long, the citrus fruits last the longest. The sweetness decreases a bit over time without the mouthfeel becoming dry. The oak cannot really assert itself in the finish either.

  4. Drum scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I mean the 40% makes him a little skinny. The slightly bitter finish tempts me to find it ok but not really good for my palate.
    • Nose
      Spicy, mild and above all sweet! Cake, marzipan, nougat and also fruity notes such as oranges.
    • Taste
      Light pepper on the tip of the tongue, sweet again but also tart wood notes... maybe oak?
    • Finish
      Medium length, warm and has something from a visit to the sawmill. Fresh woodcut is tart and a light bitter almond aroma remains.

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Hsh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    4.2 Orientation (close to tank boy scent) Green apple scent Toffee scent Dry sauna scent The softest and most complex flavor I drank today.

    Wine & More Cheongdam Branch Tasting 7/17 with Jaehong

  7. Laiju scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    This whisky will not blow you away. It’s quite complex and they have nailed the balance between the different casks used. On the nose, it’s a close to a perfect smell. However, it is on the palate where this whisky falls short, it tastes watery, the Low abv really does an injustice to this bottling.

  8. CellarToberi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Matured in Oloroso ex-sherry Spanish oak casks and ex-bourbon casks. Married in small batches. Chill-filtered, coloured. Narrow fast forming straight primary, slow secondary legs. A drop of water pushes forward malty, creamy, biscuity notes on the nose, fresh fruit on the palate, and tannins in the finish. It uncovers slight tobacco notes. in the late finish. A delightful Speyside single malt: would benefit from a higher ABV.
    • Nose
      Complex. Fruity: ripe and baked fruits: pears, apples, stone fruits, plums. Winey: candied and dryer fruits: raisins, plums, dates. Spicy: baking spices, cinnamon, clove, pepper, candied ginger notes. Sweet: honey, vanilla, chocolate. Woody: toasted and charred oak. Nutty: hazelnuts, almonds. Cereal: malty creamy biscuits, barley sugar.
      Floral: heather honey, and creamy notes. Slight earthy notes. Rich and full.
    • Taste
      Rich, crisp, delicate, smooth. Sweet arrival: honey. Develops fruits: fresh and stone fruits, candied black fruits: plums, dates. Spicy: pepper. Woody. Nutty. Oily. Full bodied.
    • Finish
      Long: candied fruit. Spiciness and mild tannins from the oak. Sweet, pepper, oak, baking spices. Pleasant, warm. Herbal: light fresh tobacco notes.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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-

  12. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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.

  13. 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

  14. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  15. JirkaZ scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    good nose, very fruity a gently taste
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  16. L_Gillian scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Clean and rounded scotch, a fair dip at the palate but the finish makes up for that a bit. Perfectly average.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Slightly more sherry-driven compared to Glenlivet 18. Creamy, sandalwood, green apple peels, raisin oat cookies.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Too faint. Watery honey carried by an oaky base. Candy apples.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Slightly warming and fuller, some candy sweetness.

  17. Gous scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Cereals and fruit
      Orange dominates apple and pear
      Floral
      Honey sweetness
      subtle nut
    • Taste
      Sweetly warming
    • Finish
      malty sweet

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  22. 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.

  23. wembleytor scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    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.

  24. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  25. 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.

  26. marmeladow scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Batch 3434 - L32 C 4934 1311 0815 - 46 days after uncorking - very good development in the half-empty bottle, leave a lot of time (15 minutes and more) in the glass.
    An excellently matured, well-balanced whisky with a high degree of complexity and the variety of constantly new aspects.
    • Nose
      93 93
      complex-iridescent with many different tones: in summary, a light, slightly spicy-cinnamon-processed Christmas rum pot with baked apples may be best
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oak Fruit Apple Pear Spices Sherry Dried Fruit Raisin Raisin Date Sweet Caramel Cake Orange Dark Chocolate Plum.
      Round-mild-tasty, mouth-watering, fruity and complex, here also changing like a chameleon and therefore interesting.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Good medium length, getting a little drier, spice and oak noticeable, but just as well integrated. In addition, what the nose and key promised

  27. dinclas scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A sweet and delicate baby, and a good choice to introduce whisky to your friends. But too flat for us.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Red apple, some bananas, flowers, very pleasing nose, typical fiddich
    • Taste
      83 83
      Weak and thin, caused by blabla-filter? Pear juice, vanilla, caramel, hint of honey
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium, salty caramel, vanilla still there, a little toffee

  28. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Reserved. Some candle wax, orange and baked apple. Sultanas, some cinnamon. Walnut, a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Soft, silky. Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut. Apple Cake. Marzipan, a hint of white pepper. A little watery at the end.

  29. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Sandman23 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

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

  34. 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

  35. Luigisim scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Flat at nose, quite dusty at mouth. 

    Several points below the older version bottled a decade before

  36. 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.

  37. ApricotOne scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very pleasing malt. The nose smells of apples, marzipan and the typical Gelnfiddich Berennereicharakter. The mouthfeel adds a fine pinch of pepper, which flies away very quickly and "volatilises" as a result of the low alcohol content. What's that called again? Oh, a soft and harmonious. I call it rather thin and disappointing compared to what was spiked in the nose. The finish is also relatively short to very short, with the barrels on the palate with light spices (cinnamon?) And some dark chocolate noticeable. Resumé: A malts that beguiles in the nose and arouses much expectation, but turns out then rather as a soft flatterer. No doubt, solid craft and certainly interesting for someone who wants to work his way into the field of older Malts, but still has respect for the oak. Packaging kept noble and succeeded.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. peej84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. martinni scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  40. Defeatless scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet, banana, pear, kaki so a rather fruity nose. Quite a Glenfiddich nose. Hint of marshmallows, but also a meaty tone.

    Taste: Sweet, marshmallows, cane sugar syrup, some wood. Some spices.

    Body: Quite chill-filtered, so not much of a body

    Finish: Medium: Vanilla-ed, wood and toffee, some spices are there too.

    Price: around 70 euro's is the max they can possibly ask for this whisky,

    Presentation: Robust and decent! I like the bottle and box!

    Comments:
    Well, they say there is sherry in here, but it's rather difficult to detect. There is a faint hint of oloroso in the nose (meaty tones) but that's about it.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  41. jankes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  42. Mascht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Banana, slightly spicy
    • Taste
      sweet, bananas, wood, biscuit, herbaceous
    • Finish
      Long

  43. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    fruits, nuts, vanilla, some well balanced spices, all there and still ... something is missing. good everyday dram, perfect for starting your journey into the world of single malts, a higher ABV maybe would be a good idea? overall for this price a very fine dram
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  44. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon influence larger than sherry, 40% volume necks in the body and aftertaste because the nose and taste are quite delicious.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  45. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This could be a great single malt scotch whisky, if it would have some 3% or 6% more alcoholic strength.
    Very mainstream, no edges or "mistakes", almost as smooth as a premium blended whisky.

  46. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. LukeFive scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I m pleasantly surprised about this one. 

    On one hand it is Fiddich at 40% but on other its perfectly executed and balanced malt.

    Perhaps too boring but on the right occasions it can be a lovely and warm malty moment.

    Batch 3241
    • Nose
      Nice sweet ripe William Pears, Garden in the Summer, white fruits, hazelnuts, coffee, toffee, and then it collapses a bit. The definition of the smells disappears  and gets blurry for a second. Oak coming out, the nose ist too sweet neither too bitter. I would say nice nose but not much development there. Dusted sugared almonds. Its nice without any burn
    • Taste
      Thin, inoffensive, spicy, creamy on light fruits ( Pears, white Apples, ) Nutty, bittersweet,..not much development here. Extra ABV would be welcome
    • Finish
      Long lingering finish on salty caramel and toffe, White pepper, Tannins on the tail , definitely good surprise

  48. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  49. Vince scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Well-made but remarkably dull overall. 

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