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Distilled by Glenfiddich and matured for 21 years, this bottling from the brand features a Caribbean rum finish. The duration of the finish isn't disclosed and it's bottled at 40% ABV. Let's dig in.
Malt driven and fun, plenty of character here. Sweet cream, honey, apple crisp, a touch of sweetness. I don't notice a ton of rum on the nose, but hopefully it's a bit more present on the palate.
Sweet initially, then the tannin drops in. I don't typically equate Glenfiddich spirit with big tannins, but this 21yr Gran Reserva has quite a bit going on. Bitter oak, tobacco, sweet cream, caramel, cocoa, pecan and a touch of brown sugar. No ethanol, not super bold, but plenty complex.
Medium to long finish, more oak here, maple, tobacco, light citrus and a big wallop of nougat. Satisfying complex, and a step up over other super premium Glenfiddich's.
I quite enjoy this one and find it to be an upgrade over other, super premium Glenfiddichs in comparable same price ranges. Nicely done, quite a bit of fun, and it pushes you a touch outside their standard profile. Yum.