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Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve

Glenfiddich aged 15 years Unique Solera Reserve

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@huinemanReview by @huineman

8th Jan 2019


Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve
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Tasting it right away, as I write this review. Present of my dear friend Ana, thanks! It pours dark wheat to light amber, slightly hazy. Mid-intensity aroma is cereal fields, dry pine cone, pineapple leaves (not the fruit.) Evident pineapple gummy as well when you stir, but only when you stir. Mouthfeel is soft, easy-going, quite crisp. Mild bitters (like those of Angostura) in the medium-lasting finish. Subtle, delicate and nice. Don't let yourself be decieved by its easiness: it's more complex than it appears.

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Nozinan commented

I bought this in 2011. I tried it. I tried it again. I gave the rest to my brother. it's still on his shelf.

It's on my list of things I'd pass up if offered.

5 years ago 3Who liked this?

casualtorture commented

@Nozinan That's good to know, I really enjoyed the 18, the Fire and Cane is pleasant and different for 'fiddich, and the 12 is decent for what it is. I'll skip this one and go for the rum cask finish.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

Victor commented

@casualtorture, Glenfiddich 15 has nice flavours, but I've never bought a bottle because it is watery. Too dilute and too thin a texture. Try the Glenfiddich 15 Distillery Edition at 51.2% ABV if you can find any. Righteous flavours, and not thin. A very short finish, though, at least in the release from 7 years ago.

Glenfiddich 18 yo is very spicy. Some like that, some don't. I do. I still give the nod to the 15 DE as the pick of the OB line-up, and even more so when price is factored in.

5 years ago 3Who liked this?

RianC commented

I'd kind of have to agree with @Nozinan and @Victor on this one - I was gifted a bottle two years ago and whilst it wasn't a 'bad' whisky by any means I found it a little too thin and overly sweet. In fairness, I'm not a huge fan of that style and don't really like the standard 12; It has a kind of pear note that I just don't get on with.

5 years ago 1Who liked this?

cricklewood commented

Good review, the 15 has many fans, it's the one that often gets reccomended in publications but like many Glenfiddich releases it doesn't fare as well with Connosrs.The abv and chillfiltering are largely at fault.

I second the DE it's a great insight into how good Glenfiddich can be. Otherwise my two reccomendations would be the project XX or the Malt Master's edition. The former is bursting with fruit/brioche flavours but a bit unbalanced, the latter is more old school sherry notes.

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