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Glenfiddich 15yr Solera Vat

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  • Distiller:

    Glenfiddich

  • Bottler:

    Glenfiddich

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: A classic and a delight, Glenfiddich 15 is a whisky I would happily recommend to anyone searching for a hearty unpeated Scotch whisky.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is rich and spicy with toffee, butterscotch, almonds, and oak tannins. The finish is spicy and lingering.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Some burnt cake, toffee, charred wood. Medium long finish, on apple pie. A very nice heavy seller.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Ultimately I liked it well enough, but its complexities get lost amid some mixed messages. The price is right, though!
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: It marries whiskies matured in Sherry, Bourbon and new oak casks in a solera vat, which has been periodically topped up with new whiskey since 1998—no wonder it's so complex.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Monster
  • Excerpt: Aside from the production phase it is so rich and possesses various surprising elements which makes it fun and pleasure to drink this great dram.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is a gentle, fruity and approachable dram and I’d recommend it for anyone trying to investigate whether single malts are for them. It doesn’t stand out for any one exceptional characteristic but on the whole, it’s a quintessential starter dram.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It’s far from being my favorite in the Glenfiddich line and for the price I’d rather get the 12.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: The palate is equally fruity—more hedgerow fruits now—but there’s grip and a little fresh acidity to balance. Hugely appealing and approachable.
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  • Nose:

    Apples, pears, brown sugar, caramel, toffee and very faint thin vanilla sweetness

  • Taste:

    Thin mouthfeel, sweet apples and pears. Honey and very light cereal grains. Faint caramel. Its oddly hot though, and mildly astringent for something at the lowest legal proof. Hmm.

  • Finish:

    Medium, with a surprisingly rich mouthfeel. Its hot though, more of that funny odd heat despite the low proof. Lots of apple, sweet pear and a thin vein of caramel.

  • Overall:

    This is a great beginner dram and I have no regrets with starting on it when I had just gotten started. Back then, the price was too good to resist, something like $42 and its crept up quite a bit since then. This is a gentle, fruity and approachable dram and I'd recommend it for anyone trying to investigate whether single malts are for them. It doesn't stand out for any one exceptional characteristic but on the whole, its a quintessential starter dram. For all of these reasons, I'm giving this a Rank 5.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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