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Following on from trying the 12 and 15 I thought I had to try the 18 year old Glenfiddich to complete the set. The 12 was pleasant but instantly forgettable, the 15 was interesting and very good value. The 18 is the flagship offering from the marketing behemoth that is Glenfiddich and the one that interested me the most.
The bottle states "18 years old. Married in small batches. After being patiently matured in the finest Olorosso sherry & bourbon casks to create an extraordinarily Smooth, Rich and Mellow single malt".
The nose is fruity, oak, spice with a whiff of smoke. It is rich and smooth with raisins, orange zest, fudge and spices. The finish is very interesting. It is orange peel, woody, sherry and salted caramel and a silky syrup.
This is a classy dram with a silky smooth feel. It is refined and I can see why this is the premium product from the range. Whilst I can appreciate all of the things that make this the better product I believe the 15 year offers better value for money. This is very good but it just misses the mark in my opinion.