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Glenfiddich Project XX

Overall rating
83.68/100
votes
415
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 02
Bottled
2016
Strength
47.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34A49290512134445
Barcode
5010327325613
Added on
05 Sep 2016 6:24 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 56,27

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Project XX

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.68 points

  1. midnite scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very playful and colorful nose, even a bit wacky. Very sweet, almost artificially so; the candyfloss comparison that can be found in the official tasting notes is spot on, but you could also say bubblegum. Beneath all these gummy, saccharine aromas, there's some active (and newish) oak, together with distinctly vinous notes (Port? Madeira?). Waaaay in the background, perhaps a wee leathery note, as if some older casks might've been involved as well to provide a sense of backbone. Not exactly mad for the nose, I have to tell ya.

    In the mouth, it's redeemed somewhat. The virgin oak works nicely here and gives some much-needed depth to the sparkly, youthful flavors of citrus fruits (tangerines, mainly), red berries (redcurrants and a wisp of raspberry), and vanilla-coconut pudding. Perhaps some popcorn as well, or is that just the overall sweetness? Good mouthfeel.

    The finish is on the short side. Some Seltzer / Tonic Water and swiftly fading bitterness.

    Verdict: a bit of a Frankenstein, cobbled together from disparate parts. Easy to drink though, and with a nice tannic kick. A summer affair, all the way.

  2. crippos scored this whisky 73 points Member Junior

    Pleasant, I imagine it would be great after a typical Italian lunch on Sunday, accompanying some sfogliatella. Even if it's light, I want a bottle!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Screams "Glenfiddich": sweet pastry upfront, well balanced with some chocolate and vanilla. Seems something inbetween a rum and a bourbon. Tannins come over after resting for some minutes. Some fresh fruit, maybe pears. Some old wood. Some oranges.
      So - what came to my mind is a cheesecake with chocolate and orange topping. If that's not a balance...
    • Taste
      63 63
      Malt upfront. Pretty lightbodied and fresh, maybe some pepper, maybe some spice (origan, so light that it's in a galaxy far far away...). Light chocolate and tannins.
      As you can see, that's all a "maybe" because it has a pretty light flavour. It may have been better at a higher ABV, but it's anyway good as it is.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Short. Wood and vanilla knocks at your throat in a hurry, then they're gone. Maybe some light vanilla stays, but the main flavour that this whisky leaves in your mouth is that of fresh fruit (pears, maybe peaches?). Maybe some tannin notes.
      Same as the taste - light, but does its work. Leaves a pleasant sensation in your mouth.
      In conclusion: I'm surprised by the balance that these (not so many) flavours express mostly in the nose, which is the best part of this whisky for sure. Even if it scored kind of low for me, I want to drink this "orange&chocolate cheesecake" again soon.

  3. oleg.prystupa scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    It's boring. Simply. Nothing.

    Aroma is one-sided, without development.
    The taste is flat, ordinary.
    Kottlekoe aftertaste passing into base bitterness.
    Total: not memorable

  4. mosesumike scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I have no comparison to the IPA but a little more percent would do him good.
    Nevertheless, good PLV.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smells very full and fruity. Cinnamon could come from behind and light pepper on the nose? ... or the oak?
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy, with white pepper and even slightly oily with more cinnamon. Now comes the honey and a balanced oak cargo over it. Surprisingly persistent volume with sweet reverberation. Balanced.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Actually unexpectedly long. think this is due to the good selection of barrels and thereby clean tuned by good craftsmanship. Not bad.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice fruity malt. Nothing to go crazy about though.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Brinker scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      A little harsh, unrefined. Sherry, apple and a small extent of pear make up the most.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Initially sweet and fruity, but soon pepper and sherry takes over.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Salty vanilla finish. Doesn't linger long.

  7. Docmacwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 95.5 points to the Project XX Experimental Series No 2. "...this is Glenfiddich as it should be...xxellent, in fact!"

  8. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Guntis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  10. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A beautiful single malt, which scores in particular by its powerful and fruity smell, while the taste for me is a little too far on the woody-spicy side.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet and fully ripe yellow fruits - pear, quince, apricot, apricot; Wine gums; Vanilla and blossom honey; light spice. The alcohol is clear, slightly spicy but not disturbing. Overall, a very voluminous, almost massive nose.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Clear alcohol, pepper, some fruity sweetness, which is quickly replaced by salty liquorice, coffee beans, walnut and a little oak, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, drier than the smell can expect. For me, the whisky is more on the woody-spicy side.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The creamy mouthfeel and the spicy, bitter woody notes remain quite long and impressive in the mouth.

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