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Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve

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@jack09Review by @jack09

5th Nov 2015


Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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This whisky is aged in ex-sherry, ex-bourbon, and virgin American oak casks, and then married together in a Portuguese tun. At first opening, it smelled and tasted like a bourbon, as if it had a conflict of personalities, with all three types of casks vying for control of the nose. But consequent pours brought out its true identity. The 3 casks became 1, melded together, each identifiable, and yet harmoniously married, complex, and enjoyable.

Nose: aromatic, sweet fresh fruit, spice, raisins, honey, vanilla, sherry cask influence is noticeable but well balanced, dark fruits, plum, dark berries, cola, mineral note - this is a complex nose with many layers, very enjoyable, a preview of things to come.

Taste: sweet, sherry note, apples, tea, peppery, fizzy on the tongue, hints of a bourbon, as it sits in the glass, a nutty flavor evolves, toffee, hint of liqourice, dark dry fruits, very warming and echos the nose well

Finish: long and sweet with light bitterness and spice, drying out

Last third of the bottle: I love the nose on this. The bouquet is sweeter than when I first opened it. On the palate, there's a more pronounced nutty note alongside dried fruits and spice. The mouth feel is just a touch watery, but not annoyingly so. As others have said before, this would benefit being bottled at 46% ABV. The finish is longer now, sweet and satisfying. This is a very well balanced whiskey and enjoyable everyday dram. A good marriage of 3 types of casks, worth buying.

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Alexsweden commented

I believe I found this almost a tad too sweet.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@jack09, thanks for a very nicely-done review.

I like the flavours of Glenfiddich 15 yo, but find it just generally too watery at 40% abv.

There is already a 51% abv 15 yo Glenfiddich Distillery Edition, which is a great one, from what I've had in the past. Unfortunately that one has been really hard to find recently in my area. When I am in the mood for Glenfiddich I prefer to go to either the 15 yo DE or to the 18 yo. The 18 yo is very spicey.

8 years ago 0

jack09 commented

@victor thanks for the comment.

I just read your review on the 15 yo DE, interesting discussion about the whisky and preservation. I'm surprised your bottle lasted 2 years, as I find that if I don't finish an open bottle within 2 months, it oxidizes and changes flavors. I don't use any type of preservation. Obviously higher abv bottles last longer.

I've seen the DE in shops where I live. I will have to check the price of it. Glenfiddich is pretty ubiquitous.

8 years ago 0

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