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Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Bourbon

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Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Bourbon

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  • Brand: Glenfiddich
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%
  • Age: 19 year old

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Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Age of Discovery Bourbon

I say this in all my Glenfiddich reviews: It is the most consistently above average single malt today that is produced at such staggering volumes.

I'm pretty sure this is what happens when a business is family owned and every step taken is for the greater good of the craft and the product instead of appeasing the fat cats and their accountant minions.

How else can you explain the near perfect consistency of producing ten million liters of whisky every year. Oh I'm sorry, did I say ten million? I meant TEN FREAKING MILLION! It's quite insane if you ask me.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm pretty sure they turn a tiny profit producing ten million liters a year. But along the way they produce some great whiskies too.

Which brings me to this 19 year old matured in ex-Bourbon casks and named after the intrepid Portuguese voyagers who went on to change our understanding of the new world. This one is called Age of Discovery and is part of a trilogy. The other two being a Red Wine and a Madeira Cask finish.

My sample is from a brand new bottle and served at 40%

Oak. Shavings. Bourbon. Vanilla. Fruits. Lots of them. Mainly sweet melon. Melon rind. Citrus. Orange marmalade. Something toasted. Mellows after a while and becomes more delicate. Late emergence of toffee. Hint of grass. Very nice nose. 23/25

Vanilla. Lots of it. That oak again. Touch of spice. Very fruity. Sweet melon. Citrus. Very smooth. Light honey. Touch of nuttiness. Some toffee. Nutmeg. This is quite pleasant without being complex. 22/25

Medium long. Comes back up. Vanilla. Oak. Fruits. 22/25

I quite like this whisky. I would have liked it to be a little more complex on the palate but that's fine. Glenfiddichs aren't supposed to be that. They're supposed to be easy to drink and not for being pondered over by pompous whisky bloggers like my self.


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.


Slightly disappointing nose - maybe I was expecting a lot. There is orange and burnt ginger in there with a tickle of roasted nuts but it leaves you wanting for more. The texture is like silken honey cascading down your palate accompanied by a warm apple & orange stew with a stuffing of nutmeg and ginger. The finish is disappointingly abrupt. Some spices rise up but are quickly quelled for some reason leaving one confused. I wanted more but just didn't get it.

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