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Nose: Goes through a few stages-- The first impression is ink. This opens up to a cinnamon-plum stew; soon joined by vanilla, and then allspice becoming nutmeg. As it softens, the plums eventually become oak-spiced dark berries, black or blue.
Palate: Nice sweet honey and oak entrance. Becomes tart golden raisins in an apple cake... then topped with zesty orange rinds.
Finish: Oaky orange zest fades to cashew vanilla, becoming toffee while fading quickly. A minute after the finish, the nose's blueberry/blackberry juices are detectable.
Interestingly changing nose, a rare very-easy entrance, and a tasty palate: this is a very good scotch all around. Unless it gets too much oxygen, it is not overly oaky with bitter spice.
Although straightforward and fairly light, it has more muscle than the other 4 Glenfiddiches I have tried. While even more depth would do it good, it is very enjoyable and easily drinkable as-is. I would contrast this with the Glenlivet Nadurra, another fruity oak spice expression. The Nadurra has more oak complexity, whereas the Solera is lighter in comparison-- and it also manages to be slightly smoother, with a sherry influence that is revealed by the berry tones.