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Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

A daily dram

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@conorrobReview by @conorrob

7th Nov 2018

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One of the most recognisable whisky brands in the world, this family owned distillery continues to successfully produce and market quality scotch.

Nose Thin caramel accompanies strong vanilla notes. Newly fallen apples, mown grass and a little white chocolate round off what is a very pleasant experience.

Palate The caramel thickens up, helped by a somewhat oily mouthfeel. Bitter, not quite ripened apples add bite to an otherwise gentle and uncomplex palate.

Finish Fresh Vanilla and apples are all that are left, the finish lingers a little but could not be called anymore than short.

In conclusion this scotch performs adequately for its £35 price tag. It’s very agreeable but lacks the complexity to keep me coming back. A great choice for newbies or anyone looking for a daily dram.

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5 comments

@RianC
RianC commented

Nice review @conorrob and always useful to keep tabs on these kind of malts.

I may have scored it a bit higher but have to say I'm not really a fan of this malt. I find it to have an oily pear note that just doesn't sit right with me. I've said before that if I want a light malt, especially in the £35 bracket, I'd go for Arran 10 all day.

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

@conorrob
conorrob commented

@RianC honestly I think the title SHOULD have been ‘A not so daily dram’. It’s a simple and enjoyable enough scotch but it lacks character in my opinion. Arran 10 would be a great choice ... I myself wouldn’t look much further than Aberlour 10 (which I think I saw for around £22 on amazon ?)

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@conorrob - Good call! I've not had an Aberlour 10 for a while but will probably open one of the two I have stashed when I finish my HP 12. I tend to rotate that, Old Pulteney 12 and HP 12 as a daily sipper as they're decent and you can often pick them up for £25 or under in the supermarket. And you can give me Glenmorangie over 'fiddich anyday . . .

You're UK based aren't you? I thought I'd read that somewhere . . .

10 months ago 0

@conorrob
conorrob commented

@RianC HP 12 is great .. i’ve stored a couple of the bottlings before the whole Viking thing took over and now can’t bring myself to open them. The new one just isn’t the same in my opinion. OP12 is great but Glenmorangie 10 I’m not so fond of. Yep, was North London based but I’ve moved out to Essex now... where good whisk(e)y pickings are slim... but delicious.

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@conorrob - You have more will power than me smiley I had one bottle of the older style HP 12 left and was planning to hang onto it but got the urge recently and popped it. I've not done a head to head but had one of the new style bottles recently and, whilst not bad, it had lost some of the richness (and colour) of the older bottle.

And what's the deal with that new screw cork thingy?

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