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Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

I've never actually had this

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

13th Apr 2017


Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
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  • Finish
  • Balance
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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.

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Robert99 commented

@casualtorture Very well put. I, for my self, would describe it as inoffensive but with a great balance.

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Victor commented

Yes, apples and pears. Almost a light fruit cider. In the right mood you can enjoy it quite a lot.

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Nozinan commented

I've never taken a liking to it. At 40% anything good about it is too weak for my tastebuds to pick up.

I would take a Johnnie Walker Green over this at a bar.

But then, I probably would not drink in a bar....

This is one of those where I would rather have nothing than this.

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paddockjudge commented

I have 1/3 remaining in a 1 litre bottle of Glenfiddich 12 yo. The fill level has been reduced slowly over the years with infrequent visits. It has been open at least 10 years. I must say it is now excellent. Much better than when it was first opened. I might purchase a spare and let it develop well into the next decade.

7 years ago 1Who liked this?

casualtorture commented

@Nozinan I haven't had the green yet so maybe i spoke too soon. so to you this is like the bud light of single malt? i've been places where bud light was the only option and said 'no thanks i'll stay sober.'

@paddockjudge I haven't even been drinking that long. maybe one day i'll get to experiment with long opened bottles...if i stay in one place for a while anyway.

7 years ago 0

BlueNote commented

@casualtorture Try the 15 year old Distillery Edition at 51% abv, ncf and natural colour. I think you will find it to be right up there with the best Speysiders.

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Alexsweden commented

Isn't glenfiddich 12 the most sold single malt a year? I agree with your description - not bad but not overly exciting either..

7 years ago 0

casualtorture commented

@BlueNote i'll have to find that one. the 18 is very good, a friend left his remaining 1/4 of a bottle to us one night and it was very good. i didn't really analyze it all that much at the bar but i remember we all enjoyed it.

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