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As the name of this Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak already suggests, it is a somewhat special bottling. It is the classic Glenfiddich that got a finish of 6 weeks in American oak and another 12 weeks in new European oak. Glenfiddich, always an innovator, was the first distillery to use so called virgin oak, back in the day.
The nose is aromatic and herbal: sweet fruit jam with cloves. Fresh wood shavings. Turns darker after a few minutes. Raisins and overripe banana.
It is somewhat grainy on the palate, which is a surprise, and crispy. Again some cloves, but more than on the nose, supporting the sweet fruit. Quite the body, this Rich Oak. Slightly waxy.
The finish is medium long and the oak finally pipes up. Slightly drying and spicy.
This is a very pleasant surprise and quite a step up from the classic 12 Year Old.