I personally find the Glenfiddich to be a little more savory, but with that added savory it lacks depth of flavor. I liken it to Chicken Breast either made plain with a few seasonings, to one thats been marinated for a bit. In the end they are both basically the same thing, I just find the flavors in the 'livet pop ever so slightly more.
However, when it comes to the 15s, I would pick the Glenlivet 15 French Oak by a hair.
Both 18 year olds are very good.
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Historic favouritism not included, my vote still goes to the Glenlivet; it's just got more about it than the Glenfiddich for me, which seems a bit basic - wishy-washy, if you will - in comparison.
Ganga wrote:I much prefer the current bottlings of both to that which was offered up 10 years ago. The livet is cleaner than it once was (less estery) with lots of freshly cut fruits and cocoanut. The fiddich has more apple and pear characteristics instead of being malt dominated.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
Many, many years ago, I would have taken the Glenlivet 12YO over the NAS Glenfiddich. When the first release of the Glenfiddich 12YO came onto the marketplace, it marginally edged out the Glenlivet 12YO for me. But even as it appears to have improved over the intervening period, so too has the Glenlivet 12YO... and the latter perhaps more so.
Honestly, I can't pick between the two current versions (so close in quality they are for me), so I won't vote this time around.
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