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Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

Glenfiddich 18

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cReview by @chuckfinley

11th Jan 2012


Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Okay so I've heard and read a lot about Glenfiddich. I thought this would be a good and inexpensive way to taste an 18 year old scotch for the first time. That it was on sale for $50 was an added bonus.

Nose: I took three stabs at this. I realized quickly that I need to take this tasting process much slower. I nosed this baby three times. Straight from the glass I caught the distinct smell of honey. After waiting a few minutes, I caught honey and sherry, with a little bit of cherry on top. After another few minutes, I gave the glass a good swirl. I was immediately impressed with the slowness of the legs. I caught cherry, melon, and toasted grains (seems weird that I could pick out that smell).

On to the taste: Just as I did with the nose, I conducted three tastings, all neat, ten minutes apart.

First taste: Sweet vanilla, buttery, nice consistency and smooth. The finish was mildly sweet with spices lingering for well over a minute.

Second Taste: Honey, currants, cinnamon, and spices. Fairly thick consistency. Toasted grains, cinnamon, and lingering spices made up a nice long finish.

Third Taste: Cinnamon, honey, something toasted...hints of vanilla. Faint cherry and some spices (actually, I think I may need to learn to distinguish between spices and alcohol burn, but I'm sticking with spices for now). Vanilla, cherry, and faint honey on the finish. Very long and smooth.

I really loved drinking this. It is the best whiskey I've tasted in my (limited) experience. I'd recommend without hesitation and would want on hand to serve to friends, especially considering the price. I suspect that for an 18 year it is probably less complex than other more expensive whiskeys but that will be tested on another day.

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