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The 21 Year Old Gran Reserva from Glenfiddich can be considered to be the top of the core range from this distillery. I tried it several times (even before it was renamed Gran Reserva), but will now try the new edition that is bottled at 43,2% ABV. The whisky got a finish on Cuban rum casks.
The nose is creamy and sweet on apples, pears and loads of honey. Hint of Fanta. Caramel and some demerara sugar (must be from the rum cask). I also get a nice trace of woodsmoke.
The arrival is a little less creamy, but punchy. The oak speaks first. Loads of spices like cinnamon and ginger, but also licquorice and a hint of pepper. Then the sweetness kicks in: sugared oranges, apple sauce and some pear syrup. The oranges turn slightly bitter Midpalate.
The finish is fairly long with a lot of bitter oranges, green herbs and oak.
Very fruity Glenfiddich, but a touch too bitter, which began softly on the nose, became bigger on the palate, but exploded in the finish, totally overpowering the sweetness.