The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby andyt » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:43 pm

Finishing up with the 18YO. Once again a lot more attractive than I remember, maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder. Not just orange, more mixed peel with a lovely fudgey note too :P

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:53 pm

As a Finnish lady,

my favourites this far are:
Glenfiddich 18yo
Glenfiddich 21yo
Glenfiddich 15yo
Glenfiddich 12yo..
unfortunately do not have any CS at home at the moment.. but
I think I will leave the GF 30 till tomorrow when Kimi Raikkonen will win the Formula 1
French Grand Prix.... :thumbsup:
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:02 pm

TT
Think it could be time for the old Scott to win, Coultard for an outside bet.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:05 pm

Ganga and all..

since Glenfiddich changed into new packaging in September 2007,
the company started using only the age statements on the packaging for 12yo, 15yo, 18yo, 21yo etc. However, the liquid is exactly the same as before, for example the GF 15yo is still Solera.
Hope this helps.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:07 pm

Dram Fine Idea,
Correct, it`s the Macfarlane tartan as we Millars are affiliated to the clan.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby andyt » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:12 pm

Does anyone know if Glenfiddich still use screwtops for any markets?

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:15 pm

Ian..
OK... let's have a bet re. Coulthard and Raikkonen..
if Coulthard wins, I will get you a bottle of GF 30YO.. and if Raikkonen wins, you will give me the same! I dare you to accept.... :P
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:17 pm

TT
I`m scottish and proud of it but it doesn`t make me a half wit, no way I`m backing Coultard over Kimi.
Nice try...
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby les taylor » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:21 pm

Guys My money is on Masa tomorrow and I think Alonso could be the fly in the ointment.

Trying the 30 now. :)

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:26 pm

Ian.. do like Coulthard as well but I think he was great when he was driving with
Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher..unfortunately even Scottish drivers don't mature as well as Glenfiddich does ..
Out of curiosity, does anybody have GF Caoran to taste? Any comments?

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:41 pm

Willie
I`m concerned, chewy pencils????
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:44 pm

Willie.
looking forward to hearing your comments re. Glenfiddich Caoran.

Ganga,
to my knowledge the US Glenfiddich 21yo is the exactly same than the GF 21yo in all other markets.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:44 pm

Keep up the good work everyone, great notes, great drams. Just checking in, back to cooking dinner now. :D :D

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Postby andyt » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:50 pm

Ryanair? Groan.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:51 pm

Ganga wrote:
tarjatuunanen wrote:Willie.
looking forward to hearing your comments re. Glenfiddich Caoran.

Ganga,
to my knowledge the US Glenfiddich 21yo is the exactly same than the GF 21yo in all other markets.


Yes, someone brought back one labeled as "Cuban Rum Finish". With the USG and their "feud" we thought it might just be a name change.


Exactly the same

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:54 pm

Nick Brown wrote:Unfortunately I can't be at the tasting, but I have a couple of questions:

will we ever have the chance to buy cask strength Solera Reserve - as it comes, straight from the vat?

when might we see regular bottlings of Kininvie?


Nick
I`m with you, CS 15 would be reat, Kininvie has been bottled under the Hazelwood name.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:58 pm

Any Wardhead notes Willie?

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:05 am

Willie JJ wrote:
Ian Millar wrote:
Nick Brown wrote:Unfortunately I can't be at the tasting, but I have a couple of questions:

will we ever have the chance to buy cask strength Solera Reserve - as it comes, straight from the vat?

when might we see regular bottlings of Kininvie?


Nick
I`m with you, CS 15 would be reat, Kininvie has been bottled under the Hazelwood name.
Ian

I totally agree that a cask strength Solera would be fantastic Ian.

Nick's question re Kininvie was really about a regular or even a more accessible bottling. Are there any plans, or will it just emerge rarely in bottlings like the Hazelwood?


Can`t see it at the moment with so much pressure on malt stock, the whole whisky industry is under immense pressure due to the new and expanding markets across the world.
But as Sean Connery once said, never say never.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby DanAir » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:06 am

Hi all - just arriving now. I'll be ducking in and out over the next couple of hours.

I've never been a big fan of the 12 although I have a bottle I got a pressie. Keep it for the guests really. And now, as it turns out, for live whiskymag tastings!

This is the bottom third of a 3yr old bottle so it might have altered slightly. It's actually fairly harmless, very pronounced glenfiddich character, lots of fruit especially pear. The nose is pretty dead but I think that's down to the age of my bottle.

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Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:06 am

Hi folks
Just popped in to catch up on the postings.

I reckon there may be an unofficial vote going on as to the best Glenfiddich. I am pleased to see that the 18 is picking up some more favourable comments.

Beyond that, whichever version of GF you like, it is good that people are looking again at Glenfiddich and seeing that it really is an enjoyable dram.

I refer back to Willie's question and the view that, perhaps because it is so popular, it is sometimes seen as being boring and uninteresting. Far from the truth! I have been guilty of thinking that as well. Is it something in the Scottish mentality to put down success? It's good to see people appreciate the success and quality of GF this evening.

Ian - any plans to have a non-sherried, refill bourbon only, GF? Any plans to up the strength to 46% for all/some of the range? Any plans to introduce CS at more ages than the 15? Keep up the good work! Good to see someone else wearing the tartan!

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:10 am

les taylor wrote:I would like to know. I really like the bottle shape. Where did the triangular shape come from? Is it something that they always expect to keep? :)


Les
the tringular bottle came from a designer called Hans Schleger who was also responsible for the london underground logo.
The bottle was introduced in 1957 for Grants and in 1961 for Glenfiddich.
According to our former chairman it was designed so as not to roll out from underneath the bed in front of your wife.

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Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:12 am

Brilliant, Ian, a design classic!

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby DanAir » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:15 am

Moving swiftly on to the 15 Solera

N: That's more like it! Rich and fruity, almost cidery. Even some wine.
P: Definitely more grown up with more wood influence. More assertive with less of the pear (which I never liked) and more exotic spice. Figs?
F: Dominant flavours recede quite quickly leaving just the alcohol.

The finish is a bit of a let down. I think that from nose and pallate this is excellent and could definitely handle a 46% bottling as DFI suggested. Would love to try the CS.

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Postby DanAir » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:17 am

Comparing the 15 to the 12, no offense to the folk at the distillery, but I for one wonder whether my slight aversion to the brand is something to do with having mainly experieced the 12. The 15 is a whole different ball game, and I'd definitely buy a bottle.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:24 am

Night night all you gentlemen,
have really enjoyed all your comments on Glenfiddich tonight and also tasting
all of them, except the 30yo which I am saving for tomorrow when Iceman Kimi will win the French Grand Prix.
Will login tomorrow to read all the rest of the comments from tonight.
and hopefully will catch up with you in the next forum!!

Good night all and keep on enjoying those drams....
:sleep: TT

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Postby andyt » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:30 am

Goodnight TT, thanks for your company.

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Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:34 am

Goodnight folks, till the next time!

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby DanAir » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:13 am

I had a bottle of Caoran a couple of years ago and in contrast to reviews I've read since then I did quite enjoy it. I can't remember if it was fully matured in an Islay cask or if was finished but I remember thinking that the influence was subtle and complementary rather than overwhelming.

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Postby Ryguy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:53 am

Ganga!!!!!! Round 2 begins for me now.

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Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:57 am

RB back from a feisty little gig, made even more pleasurable by a couple of drams of the new Glenmo "Nectar D'Or".

Is this the sweetest whisky out there?? Even more so than the GF 21 which I actually drank last night, as I have to be up early and thought I'd better be ahead of the game!

So, the story so far for me is:

12: Much better than I remember! Fresh nose, with zesty Lemon, touch of polish/varnish but integrates well

PALATE: Brought back memories of the 15 which was the last GF I had...but lighter. this feel like a classic light speysider - sweet/dry balance, and well rounded. But definitely the 15's younger sibling! Water brings out a floral note, but better neat.

FINISH. Persistent gentle spice..and a late surge of pepper!

Finally...a butterscotch burp!

21. Had a bottle of this years ago, when me and a friend were booked to play at this event around which there was much mystery. We were very well paid to accompany... the launch of this whisky! What a surprise - and they threw in a bottle!

This had a lovely red gold hue.

A nutty, toasty nose, withth rich, almost rotting fruit. Ripe Pineapple at least...is that the rum?? Hint of chocolate.

PALATE> Sweet or what? Only surpassed by the Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or I had earlier
tonight! One for the sweet toothed among us!Oilier than the 12, with a grassy sweetness, a hint of sweet lime. Reminds me of the Glenmo Sainsbury's Rum finish...but I think I prefer this!(Jim Murray doesn't agree as I recall!)

FINISH>>>Also spices, but less peppery than the 12. Late custard. Yummy, actually, if a tad unsubtle

I then moved on(Friday night) to the 18...which is where I begin tonight.

Nose:buttered toast, oak...and a hint of marzipan! More subdued than the 12 but warmer and deeper. hint of chocolate.

PALATE. Oilier than 12, dryer than 21.. round and luxurious. Malty middle. Mouthfilling. Lovely sweet/dry balance. hint of citrus. is that lime marmalade?

FINISH. Lovely long, clean, sweet sherry note on fade...return of the buttered toast.

Great dram.

"Slight Return to the 21": Sweetest arrival of all. flattens out to orange and lime. Also late marzipan!

wouldn't say no to a bottle, but I can get the same satisfaction in less expensive drams...like Nectar D'Or!

OK. Time to post this and read some more posts. Open the 15...

See you in a sip or two!

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:58 am

I'm using a Glencairn and Riedel Crystal SM glass. My large snifter broke just the other day, so I'm limited to these two.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:59 am

Nice notes Reggaeblues! :thumbsup:

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:03 am

ROUND TWO BEGINS!

Glenfiddich 12yo Special Reserve 40%

Glass: Glencairn
Water: None

Nose: Still very light like earlier, but it seems more floral now. I can't help but smell apples, although a bitter apple now.

Palate: Starting bitter, yet still sweet (possibly because I just finished dinner). Lots of citrus, with hints of vanilla and malt.

Finish: Light and fruity, seems to have a little more length than earlier.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:06 am

Ganga wrote:Interesting notes RB. Sounds like you enjoyed the whiskies. :D

Ryan, I have my Celtic Malts glass and a Cadenhead noser ready to go.


Nice Ganga, I need more glasses to pick from. I really miss my snifter, it was great for the nose.

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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:09 am

I thought you'd enjoy the Celtic quote..haha. I haven't gone back to read all of the postings yet, Ian was still getting into things when I signed off.

Not sure if it was all in my head or not, but I found the 12 and 12 SR a little diff.


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