The 18yo is a great dram. Try mixing it with Laphroaig CS for a treat - honest it's great
I'm inclined to agree with Jim Murray. The old NAS was better than the current 12yo.
The Havana Reserve 21yo (or Gran Reserva as it's now known) was sensational when it was first released, but subsequent releases have deteriorated dramatically. I now find it to be a very unpleasant dram.
Bearing in mind that I have only really just started to sample different brands and varieties....
-I would rate this 8/10. I thought the complexity of the spirit wasn't too deep for a novice to grasp, yet I could taste a lingering finish that would only expand on further development of my palatte.
Many say that Glenfiddich is a whisky for the beginner, but I have to say that each persons individual taste is just that...I will happily knock back another 30yr old in say 5 or so years when my palatte developes further.....not to mention the 1991 vintage reserve!!!
Best Fiddich I tasted was a 15Y old at cask strength in new wood. Unfortunatly this was part of a solera tasting where we could taste the different elements that make up the solera reserve, and the elements will not be bottled on its own, too bad.
Anxious to read notes on the vintage bottlings though.
Tom I have been invited to have a dram of the 50yr old, so when I go for the dram I will take notes and then post them up here. - Hopefully in only a couple of weeks
I will also be having a sample of Glenfiddich 28yr old Dist. 64' in the coming weeks so again I will make certain I take notes and I will post them here.
I've tried a fair few GFs, 12, 15, 15 cask strength, 18, 21, 30, 40, 50....1971 vintage and a couple more from the cask on various tours.... but would still have to go for the Solera...every time...
Just to add to the confusion:
Here in Norway (and probably in the rest of the world as well) Travel Retail/Tax-free shops get Glenfiddich at 43%, contrary to the normal 40%. This is, in my book, a big improvement as it gives the whisky a little bit more body and flavour (still prefer it at cask strength though).
Nose: I'd give the 15 Solera a nod. As much as I love the phenol and fruit of the 18, the prefer the spice of the 15.
Taste: I'll confess my utter slavery to honey at the outset and give myself over to the 15. A hint of peanut butter would have sent me over the deep-end. The 18 starts off a bit salty and the lets loose the fruit. Very tasty.
Finish: While the 15 tails off with sherry, the 18 catches its second wind and gives you a mouthful of chewy cocoa. Yummm. The 18 gets the nod.
Balance: How do you choose? They both fire on all cylinders here.
The Solera 15 takes it by a nose.
toshie wrote:irishwhiskeychaser wrote:The 18yo is also very popular in the potstill in Glasgow as it appears the only quality malt with 2 bottles on the go all the time.
That may have been last week, since Ken got a special deal on pricing, and passed that on to the punters
Fair play ... did not really ask about it just saw 2 fairly full optics on the go and the next day one was nearly empty while the other was being changed. Not bad selling for a 24hr period.
Otoh, the Ancient is definitely worth seeking out. Bigger and more complex, a greater difference than would be expected if you were to just compare them by their age difference...
Sherried Malt wrote:Otoh, the Ancient is definitely worth seeking out. Bigger and more complex, a greater difference than would be expected if you were to just compare them by their age difference...
I'd have said just the opposite--the 18 is very nice, but the 15 is really interesting. But that's what makes the world go 'round, and it's a good thing, or half of us would have really bad sunburns.
i had my first dram of the fiddich 12yo sr yesterday night. it's quite a sad dram without much character, no hidden flavours. a little diluted/watery? an easy-beverage? the 12yo sr does have its moments, but rather short-live. i never knew what full body means but if it is what i think it is, the fiddich 12yo sr does carry a bit of body and some peat.
sad maybe because i had reasonable expectations, especially with it being quite a reputable dram. the best experience with this dram was when i nosed it. it is still in my nose.
i wouldn't recommend this dram (despite being new to single malt myself).
can't wait for my next purchase. most likely a talisker 10, laphroaig 10 and ardbe uigedail.
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