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Glenfiddich 23yr Grand Cru

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  • Distiller:

    Glenfiddich

  • Bottler:

    Glenfiddich

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    23 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: It’s never really a game changer — and it could benefit from a bump in abv — though it’s definitely all too easy to sip your way through a lip-smacking dram.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Malt Review
  • Excerpt: Despite the garish presentation, price tag and strength, there is the whisper of promise within the liquid itself and it’s very drinkable.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, it's interesting and unique, but not exceptional. This particular dram seems to sacrifice big flavor and complexity for something that's approachable but interesting. It's hard to penalize that, but for a 23yr spirit and Grand Cru influence, it's also easy to hope for more.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Glenfiddich and matured for 23 years, this release comes to us primarily aged in American and European oak casks, with an undisclosed finishing period in Grand Cru wine casks. It's bottled at 40% ABV, with no word on coloring or filtering.

  • Nose:

    Crisp and malt forward on the nose. Honey, apple, taffy, caramel and a load of sweet cream. Light pear, apple, orange, a touch of citrus. Sweet and fruit forward on the nose.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouthfeel, no sign of ethanol. Sweet and creamy, a big load of caramel and a touch of wine character. Mostly apple, cinnamon, nougat and pear come together with touches of tannin, red berry and blackberry.

  • Finish:

    Medium finish once again, complex and fun. Bold caramel, toffee, nougat from the malt. Wine character is minimal at most, but it integrates nicely. Light on tannin, certainly not a powerhouse or oaky dram. Subtle nuance, plenty of sweet fruits, malt and honey to stay interesting.

  • Overall:

    Overall, it's interesting and unique, but not exceptional. This particular dram seems to sacrifice big flavor and complexity for something that's approachable but interesting. It's hard to penalize that, but for a 23yr spirit and Grand Cru influence, it's also easy to hope for more.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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