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A friend bought me a bottle of this for my b'day since he knew I liked scotch. Interestingly enough I have never even had this. It's so many people's gateway into scotch. But for me, it was HP12 and Glenlivet 12 (before all this NAS that ‘livet is pushing down our throats), then Ardbeg 10 introduced me to peat. But I never tried this 'fiddich 12. I guess because it is everywhere so I assumed it was too mainstream and that must mean it isn't that good. But lets not judge a book by it's cover!
'fiddich 12. Oloroso sherry and bourbon cask matured. Bottle is 80% full and opened for 2 weeks. Drinking neat in a glencairn.
Nose: It's an orchard that got dipped in vanilla. Tart granny smith apples, red apples, green pears, and vanilla. Pretty easy to nail down the nose and it is a very delightful nose. I love a good Speyside nose, often the highlight of whisky from this region to me.
Palate: Vanilla is more pronounced on the palate giving nod to the bourbon casks. A bit of a sourness that I don't care for if you swallow too quickly. It's better to hold this in your mouth for a while. Apple cobbler a la mode is a perfect description of the flavours when held in the mouth for a while. If you drink this too quickly you will miss all of that. This really must linger for a while on the palate.
Finish: Finish is longer than I expected. Vanilla completely dominates the finish.
Overall: I'm sorry I never gave this a chance. Let's not beat about the bush; it's simple, thin, but it's really not too bad. Would sure beat any Johnny Walker at the bar.