Glenfiddich 15 Year
Single Malt Whisky
Hello again friends and Slainte! How have you been? Has everyone had a good week so far?
Our dram this time is the Glenfiddich 15 year. I must prefix this post with the fact that what I’m describing is an older bottling. The newer bottles are a little different. However, I will explain why I’m talking about an older bottling shortly…
The Glenfiddich Distillery is situated in Dufftown, Scotland, which is in the Highlands of Scotland. Glenfiddich means Valley of the Deer, in case you were wondering, and hence the picture of the stag on the bottle… which may intrigue some grown up Harry Potter fans. The whisky is 15 years old, aged in 3 different types of oak casks- some sherry, some new oak. The whiskies for this bottle are ‘married’ in the Solera Vat. Now the interesting thing about the Solera Vat is that since 1998, the Vat has always been kept half full and never been emptied. This provides an added dimension to the whisky. The whisky is bottled at 40% ABV, which is a little disappointing to me, just a little mind you…
Let’s begin tasting, shall we?
On pouring out a dram, we see that it is a beautiful amber color. It reminded me of apple juice concentrate in color. On rolling the glass, there is a thin cling ring with some easy legs.
On nosing the Glenfiddich 15, there are several levels of complexity going on… first of all, there are notes of oak. There are also raisins, honey, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and hints of sherry. There was also a dark plum note that I really couldn’t place. But what I would liken this to is a very nice plum cake- not the old stale one, but one that you would actually eat. There were also some lingering woody notes lingering in the background which reminded me of a wood working shop. Just taking in the nose and closing my eyes, I felt I was in a warehouse full of barrels and barrels of whisky maturing, waiting to be bottled…
I added a tiny bit of water to the dram- not too much as it was only 40%. There were increased notes of honey, raisins and plum. Bigger notes of the wood shop! It was like I was at the cooperage next door to a distillery!
On tasting the Glenfiddich (undiluted), the first note to hit the palate is honey. There are nice woody oak notes as well. Some spice in the form of black pepper and cinnamon, maybe ginger? Raisins, black currants, and plums were well noted. There were some faint traces of vanilla and sherry also. After adding water to the dram, I noted an increase in the honey notes… it seemed a tad bit sweeter! There was also more spice- cinnamon and ginger. The wood notes continue, but a little duller now… more like the wood shop I spoke of earlier, with reduced oak specifically and a drop in the vanilla notes.
The finish was long and rich. It really lingers on the palate. There are lots of honey notes and traces of oak and sherry that can be savored in the finish.
So, I give this dram a 92/100. I think this a decent score that may be a little biased being that I’ve had this bottle for a while now. So, why do I have this bottle for so long? Well, the Glenfiddich Distillery is the first distillery I had ever been to, and that too in Scotland! This bottle was also gifted to me by a good friend of mine, Darryl. So I’ve held on to this bottle for way too long. This is a VERY satisfying dram. In my opinion, it is excellent after dinner. With every sip, it takes me back to Dufftown and to the Glenfiddich Distillery. When taking a dram, if I close my eyes, I can see the beautiful landscape of the Highlands of Scotland. I see the fog. I feel the ground beneath my feet. I can almost feel the entire distillery in front of me. So this particular bottle holds a special place for me. But no matter… I resolve to slay this bottle before the year is up!
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