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Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva Rum Cask Finish

Complex, Rum finish.

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@galgReview by @galg

26th Jul 2011


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The former 21 was finished in Cuban Rum casks, which were then switched to Caribbean Rum casks , as not to upset the American market … The Casks are also filled with rum again in the GF distillery prior to using them to finish the whisky

Nose: Rich , thick, a lot of the rum influence, with chocolate, rum,brown sugar.

Palate: Thick, and rich with chocolate, spice, quite buttery and mouth coating.

Finish :Long, coffee, cocoa, and milk chocolate.

Bottom line:

A rich and very well made Rum finish. Not lacking complexity and very rewarding.

it was a very nice opportunity to sample a few Gfs, i had the 21 for the first time, and really liked it. If i had to pick one, I’d go with the 15 year old, which offers great value at ,£32 and a very sweet and delicious profile.

Glenfiddich may not be the sexiest brand around, but they do offer an interesting and a well made core line of whiskies.


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wylcx commented

Sounds delicious!

9 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

Just curious, did the rum notes come across too heavy or 'artificial' due to the additional rum filling at the 'fiddich distillery? The rum re-fill is an interesting idea, but I was wondering if it affects the whisky too much since (I am assuming) there is not much time between emptying the rum re-fill, and then adding the whisky for the extra finishing. (i.e. Does the rum remnants in the barrel get a proper amount of time to settle into the barrel wood, before the whisky is introduced?)

9 years ago 0

joshk commented

@Pudge72 Point well taken. I found the run influence on this one a little ruff for such a well aged whisky. The time to settle between the refill and the finish could be the issue.

9 years ago 0

mattberg commented

just seen that you reviewed this after commenting on your 12yo post...

I found this to be long, smooth and complex and definitely more enjoyable with a drop of water

9 years ago 0

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