I confess that I tend to associate Glenlivet 18 with BMI airport lounges, so I am used to trying it in sub-optimal conditions. But nevertheless, the quality shines through. On the other hand, I have enjoyed a bottle of the Glenfiddich at home from a Glencairn glass. This makes comparison even harder.
I'd put both of these on a par, but I'd say that Glenlivet as a whisky has more in the tank - other expressions far exceed the 18yo - whereas Glenfiddich is getting about as good as it gets at the 18yo.
I must also declare some interest as I have received extraordinary hospitality at both distilleries during Spirit of Speyside festivals.
but i didn't rush out to replace either one. Whereas, when i saw the GF 15 solera on offer a few months back, I grabbed one , and thoroghly enjoyed it.
The Glenfiddich 18 is nice as Glenfiddich goes but it really is running out of steam, I think the 40% abv hurts it a lot.
In contrast the Glenlivet 18 is full of flavour and has a lovely weight on the tongue, like a good Aussie Shiraz. The Glenfiddich is the Lambrusco
Drrich1965 wrote:How about scaling "down" and going with the Glenfiddich 15? I know it is not in the pole, but I really am impressed with the balance and depth of this one. As I said elsewhere, I spent a week with the bottle while travling, and loved it. My wife, who normlly only likes Islays (oddly enough for a totlal rookie), really thought it was special when she sampled it blind. Oak, malt, sherry, spices, all well integrated. Also, it can be found very inexpensivly.
Yes, the Glenfiddich 15 is a nice whisky. My wife and I discovered this one as a nice after dinner whisky during our last holiday.
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