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Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Bourbon

Pleasing Pale Pulp

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@vanPeltReview by @vanPelt

18th May 2013


Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Bourbon
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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First Vapor: Initial sticks of hard cinnamon and black liquorice soften into a sweet vanilla malt.

Nose: Then the vanilla keeps softening... The nose is overall very light: green grapes sliced open and sprinkled with nutmeg. Finally the juicy green grapes evolve into a juicy orange, with vanilla, and hinting at ginger.

Palate: Entrance of white-peach/oranges/lime rind. Then it is cinnamon/vanilla syrup on a white pulpy fruit. Light and smooth. An unobtrusive peppering of nutmeg follows up.

Finish: Nutmeg, becoming more bitter, revealing the oak wood while quickly becoming paler.

This is easily drinkable and relatively balanced, but the nose doesn't promise much and the finish is short and not too rewarding. Pale and light-- this suits a summer day when you want something a step up from the Auchentoshan Select, and even a little step up from the Glenfiddich 14, which shares some of the basic elements but is a touch more sour. If you like this 19 but would prefer the very last trace of bitterness filtered out by a little cream and sugar, then consider the 21 Rum finish.

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