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Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

The 'intro' Malt

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Jan 2010


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This Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is a run of the week whisky, but nevertheless pretty well made, refreshing and easy to drink. That probably explains the worldwide success. He is rather well balanced for a sweet tooth and reasonably priced at less than 30 quid. It's one of the best selling whiskies ever and is therefor - unwarranted in my opinion - looked down upon by many. I guess this dram somehow became the victim of it's own success, being labeled a mass product. But let's not forget that it's most likely the quality of the dram that got it to that level of sales in the first place.


The rather oily dram offers nice legs and has the tint of sunlight on a winter afternoon.

The nose is flowery and sweet and offers - in my opinion - mostly pear and marzipan. Rather inviting. Smelling the empty glass after a 20-minute pauze is rather nice too.

It fills the mouth genlty with soft but rich fruites, but unfortunately all the flavours come at once, making it hard to discern them individually. Not very complex. Ideal, I think, for the novice (like myself), but not somehting you would present to a true whiskybuff.

The finish is rather long with a return of pears and introduction of apples.

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jeanluc commented

Nice review Mark. I was served this at a friends last weekend and is a nice whisky to go back to when you've not tried it for a while.

Not over challenging but worth a spot in the cabinet...

10 years ago 0

olivier commented

In musical terms, the Glenfiddich 12 Year old is like Vivaldi. Not as intense and thought-provoking as Brahms and Wagner, perhaps, but not to be disdained either. A malty whisky that just tastes really nice. In these times of hyper-infalted prices, this remains a real bargain.

10 years ago 0

wylcx commented

In musical terms, the Glenfiddich 18 yr old is like Beethoven.

9 years ago 0

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