Glenfiddich 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.37/100
votes
229
Whiskybase ID
WB86568
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Reserva Rum Cask Finish
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Rum Cask Finish
Casknumber
Batch 41
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 200 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010327324081
Added on
08 sep 2016 9:23 am by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 180.68

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229 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Glenfiddich 21-year-old

16 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.37 points.

  1. CBCB1 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I didn't quite catch the batch number of the bottle I tried, but this whisky and the 26yo Excellence have convinced me that over 20yo Glenfiddich is mostly a waste of time and money.
    • Nose
      The first thing is that Glenfiddich smoke, which then gives way to these sweet rum notes. Sugar cane juice, some lager, a little bit of walnuts, almonds, and a wisp of ethanol. Kind of like someone rum-finished a bottle of the 15yo.
    • Taste
      Bland and flat at first. When you hold it on the tongue long enough it shows some nuance with smoke (the Glenfiddich smoke is always a bit dirty to me, much like Dalmore), Marabou milk chocolate, coconut water, sugar cane juice, and some nutty sherry undertones. On the second sip it feels rough, and on the 3rd one a bit bland again. The flatness of the body reminds me that SWA really ought to ban bottling at 40%.
    • Finish
      Gingery freshness and some metallic bits. The worst part. Leaves quickly for a 21yo.

  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  4. EricLeeee scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    84/100
    • Nose
      86 86
      Ripe sweet apples and bananas, floral and salted cream, some floral notes, grass, and soft spices, then a hint of honey, the sweetness of the rum is quite strong at this stage. 86/100
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very intense caramel and sweet tropical fruit accompanied by orange peel, citrus, and apple juice, some vanilla, spices, the bitterness of aged oak, and dark chocolate. 84/100
    • Finish
      83 83
      Med-short; sweet, spicy, and oaky bitterness, with a hint of white pepper and tobacco. 83/100

  5. aquataste scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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    • Nose
      Sweet, tropical fruit, molasses, floral, slightly spicy, honey
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy, dried fruit, sherry, a little tropical fruit, spicy, cinnamon, oak at the end
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, black chocolate appears at the very end

  6. Kraddell scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Pours a clear, warm golden yellow. Scent is full, pear, refined booze. milder oak. Mild tropical notes. Taste is full, sweet, rum is quite clear, refined booze. Fruity. Lovely balance. very drying finish. Very aromatic. lovely, but I liked the XX just as much ( at 33% of the price of this one)

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Glenfiddich 21yo Reserva Rum Cask Finish 40%.

    Sample picked up a couple of years ago and consumed July 2021.

    Dark orange. Aroma is orange peel, orange blossom, some tired oak but also dried petals and orange. Decent enough.

    Taste is low impact, more tired oak, watery spirit with no heat to it whatsoever, touch of bitter old oak, just very watery and insipid. Hmm no that's quite disappointing. I'd be very sad if I bought a bottle that tasted like this. I wonder how it differs from their Gran Reserva rum finished product, if at all. I preferred that one - maybe just a batch variation, or perhaps they are different products? 2.95/71

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, full, smooth, pleasant. Smell the rum barrels. Lots of caramel. Tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Tropical fruits. Spices. Pepper. Caramel. Slightly astringent.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Tropical fruits. Peaches. Honey. Smell the rum barrels.

  9. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Malt motifs, dough, fresh grass, broken branch, cotton candy, vanilla, creamy toffee, sawdust and dust, fruit gum, light perfumery. 22
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, moderately sweet. Watery, but somewhat stinging. Black pepper and other spices, creamy caramel, sugar water, woody tannins, citrus zest, alcoholic bitterness. twenty
    • Finish
      Medium in length, tannin, with the presence of alcoholic bitterness. 20
      The whisky is certainly good, but the price / quality ratio is depressing. Balance 21
      Total 83

  11. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A real disappointment for the asked price. Talk about "delicate" and "elegant" all you want, but I did not even find extraordinary complexity. At the end of the day you need flavors. Bottled @46+% abv. probably way better though the cask composition or quality in itself is not top notch imho. Def try before you buy.

  12. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very soft and round, one of the best Rum Finished Malts in my opinion. looks very harmonious. But could use a few percent more. Nice nose only then, unfortunately, less complex on the palate and in the finish
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. lucero scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you don't hope for anything special, a cozy and nice to drink Glenfiddich. The taste is somewhat arbitrary, but the smell is really very nice and well worth discovering. Would be a great thing with a few% more.
    • Nose
      extremely mild and sweet, the distillery character is still there. Slight smell of eucalyptus, vanilla and Christmas spices. The rum finish is very clear and pleasant, great aromas of banana and papaya develop. Class!
    • Taste
      Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is fairly light and thin, so you can take bigger sips. Minimal taste of oak, plus vanilla, cinnamon, almonds, speculoos and bananas.
    • Finish
      short and not very intense.

  15. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Price devaluation for 40% ABV with 46%, he would certainly great
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting: Mhhhh Nose is King - which is quite delicious - but then does not stick with his nose and on the palate he could bissl more steam for me.
    • Nose
      round and fine, sweetened black tea with some mint, chamomile, dusty old oak - mild but aromatic, grapefruit ripe apricots, citrus and dried figs, and some orange - delicate but very delicious fruit notes - creamy caramel / custard sparkles from time to time
    • Taste
      sweet and slightly astringent to furry, very mild - unspecific dried fruit sweetness with clear ginger-mint note - well-woven candied lemon - rather citronate with slight bitterness, dusty oak, a hint of tobacco - it tingles gently but unalcoholic on the tongue
    • Finish
      subtle sweet spicy, quite long tobacco and pepper - oily / waxy film lies dry on the tongue

  17. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Barley sugar, malt, dark brown sugar, orange peels, marmalade, manuka honey, Chocolate, foam bananas.
    Palate: Full, fruitcake, spices, buttery vanilla, malty. Oak.
    Finish: Long, mochaccino, marmalade.




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