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Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve

Drinkable, but nothing special

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cReview by @chuckfinley

13th Jan 2012

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A friend and coworker offered a glass to me at the end of a long day in the office. I was excited to try this after recently tasting (and loving) the 18 year.

Nose: faint honey

Taste: Is that...no...still nothing...wait! A tiny bit of honey? I honestly thought this tasted like nothing.

Finish: Smooth. Smooth but no identifiable tastes.

This reminded me of Johnny Walker Green Label, which I tasted the day before. I don't know that I would recommend this bottle to anyone unless that wanted something smooth and safe.

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@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@chuckfinley, You may want to try this one again, perhaps from a different bottle. It's generally considered by most of the major, credible whisky reviewers to be a very good whisky. Jim Murray, in last year's Whisky Bible, gave it 94.5 pts. and called it a masterpiece. He only gave the 18 half a point more. I have been enjoying both the 15 and the 18 and tend to agree with Jim.

9 years ago 0

chuckfinley commented

Thanks, BlueNote. I'll definitely try it again from a different bottle. Maybe I consumed too much coffee at work that day and burned off too many taste buds! I'm also new to this so I am sure my palate is going to be wildly inconsistent for a while.

9 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

That's entirely possible. It's amazing how easily you can throw your taste buds out of whack. And it just seems that on any given day something will taste completely different,(better or worse) than it did on another day, or in a different context or a different mood.

Take it slow and you will be amazed at what you once thought undrinkable will suddenly become one of your favourites. That was my experience with peaty, smoky Islay style whiskies. I hated them until one day, after sitting down with a friend and some Ardbeg 10, I saw the light, or tasted it finally.

Cheers, and welcome to the club.

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