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Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve

Lush and fruity

5 783

@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

6th Aug 2019

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This 15-year old Glenfiddich expression consists of 3 different elements: 1) whiskies aged in ex-sherry casks, 2) whiskies aged in ex-bourbon casks, and 3) whiskies aged in ex-bourbon casks that are then finished for 3-6 months in virgin oak casks. At 15 years old, all of the three are married in a Solera vat.

The nose is fruity and creamy, with plenty of orange and honey flavours. Later on there are some apricot and also grassy notes.

The palate is medium-bodied and just a little bit spicy. Similar to the nose fruity flavours take centre stage, this time it is oranges and apples, followed by some vanilla flavours and a hint of cinnamon.

The finish is medium to short, quite dry and also a bit thin.

This is a very accessible, easy to sip whisky. Apart from the finish that is a bit disappointing when compared with nose and palate, this is rather pleasant stuff and I found myself enjoying this.

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7 comments

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

I tried this recently at a Glenfiddich tasting and it was too easy and smooth for my taste. I prefer the 14. It’s a good summer dram when you don’t want to think about what you’re drinking.

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

I enjoy this malt, and I had no idea virgin oak was involved. Interesting. I’d probably score it a touch higher than you did, but scoring is pretty subjective.

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

Nice flavours, with a texture that is too thin for me to ever want to buy a bottle.

Glenfiddich 15 Distillery Edition, 51% ABV is the one I buy.

Thank you, @Pierre_W!

3 months ago 4Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

I have to admit I am quite the beginner when it comes to Glenfiddich. Would love to try the 14-year old or even a distiller‘s edition! Thanks for the feedback, guys.

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

It might be a different proposition at 46%, but at 40% it just has no real character. I think @Pierre_W is about right on the score, maybe even a couple of points high.

I agree with @Victor, the 15 year old Distillery Edition is very drinkable. I think it may be their answer to Glenlivet's 16 year old Nadurra.

3 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@BlueNote all this talk of the fiddich distiller’s edition has worn me down. But I don’t think it’s available in Ontario anymore.

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan Don't feel too bad. I just checked and it's no longer available in BC either. After @Victor's comment, I had a dram earlier this evening and can confirm that it is a very good dram. Sadly, my bottle is down to its last couple of inches. Not listed at KWM either.

3 months ago 0

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