Best of the 2 most common/popular malts

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Best of the 2 most common/popular malts

Postby Chris » Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:04 pm

Arguably, the two most common/popular/widely available malts are Glenfiddich & The Glenlivet. At less than stellar establishments, airports, or places where malts are not popular, scotch drinkers are invariably presented with these malt options. If presented with only these two options, which would you choose? Interested in your thoughts.

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Postby Tom » Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:43 pm

'fiddich for me

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Postby Lawrence » Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:51 pm

Glenlivet 12 for me.

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Postby lexkraai » Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:59 pm

Assuming you mean the basic expressions of both, my choice between the two would be for Glenlivet, as I feel it has more a bit more taste, especially fruity flavours, than Glenfiddich.

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Postby hpulley » Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:47 pm

livet

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Postby Nock » Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:09 pm

I am also going to have to jump in on the Glenlivet side. But it should be said that I have't tried Glenfiddich since the basic expression was stated as a 12yo. So maybe it is worth another go
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Postby Admiral » Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:49 am

You've basically described the average experience of any Australian entering a pub. Here, the pubs' shelves will have either Chivas Regal or JW Red, (Black if you're lucky), and then either Glenfiddich and/or Glenlivet.

For me, I'd take the Glenlive. I agree with Lex....the extra fruitiness holds more appeal.

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Postby bond » Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:22 am

A bit of a no-brainer actually. Most of us would plump for the Livet, I guess. Though we might be better off moving this to the "polls" section.

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Postby mr_a_non » Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:19 pm

Glenlivet it is. Have never been a fan of the basic expression in the famous triangular bottle. It has always struck me as odd that I dislike this so much, whilst their older expressions are much more pleasant.

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Postby hpulley » Sat Apr 23, 2005 6:44 pm

I'm not a fan of the basic Glenlivet either though I do enjoy the 18yo and I've had some sublime 35yo by Duncan Taylor. Glenfiddich 12yo is just yucky though, to my tastes.

Perhaps I'll change my vote to neither or what were the blends again? ;)

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Postby Admiral » Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:53 pm

Even at the older ages, Glenlivet is the better dram.

I've had Glenfiddich 18, 21, and 30yo, and they're all good malts.

However, the Glenlivet 18yo is very special indeed, and I've had a couple of 32yo Glenlivets from the SMWS which were nothing short of stellar.

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Postby Tyson » Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:23 am

For me the fiddich is easily the better malt. The livet is pretty boring and very "subtle" (if I am being kind). The fidich, paricularly the 15 Solera Reserve is very good indeed. The 18 fidich is pretty darn good too. The livet is just, well, bland in comparison.

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Postby bamber » Mon Apr 25, 2005 9:25 am

Glenfiddich for me, but Hobson's choice there. I really like Glenlivet 18YO, but the 12YO is too subtle for me.

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Postby Lord_Pfaffin » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:45 am

Tattie has quite a good point there; the malt in beer is less boring than either the 'fiddich or 'livet.
Bamber, isn't using the discription of being subtle a kind way of saying it's boring?
I did find the 'livet the nicer of the two.

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:56 am

Glenfiddich was the first single malt I had as early as in 1991. Liked it then and like it now although I'm not going to buy a bottle as there are other more interesting alternatives out there. I wouldn't call it boring though. It's perfectly alright in many respects; inoffensive and tasting good but hardly ecstatic. I think no lesser of those that drink it and I'd take a glass of Glenfiddich any day rather than an oversherried Macallan!

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Postby bamber » Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:19 am

Lord_Pfaffin wrote:Tattie has quite a good point there; the malt in beer is less boring than either the 'fiddich or 'livet.
Bamber, isn't using the discription of being subtle a kind way of saying it's boring?
I did find the 'livet the nicer of the two.


It is :) I would not call it a bad whisky however, as it is very distinctive and a lot of people rate it. This thread just made me order a bottle of the Glenlivet 18YO !

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Postby patrick dicaprio » Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:07 pm

do you count Glenlivet 18? if so then that gets my vote. there are few to none of the glenfiddich whiskies that impress me.

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Postby Admiral » Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:59 pm

A good point. Let's be careful here......we were asked to compare Glenfiddich 12 versus Glenlivet 12. Referring to bottlings / expressions outside of this defeats the intent of the thread.

(Yes, yes, I know I did exactly that! :) )

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Postby Frodo » Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:24 am

'livet.

Wait - no Cuervo :lol:

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Postby hir0 » Sun May 01, 2005 2:05 pm

livet for me. i drink this pretty regularly at a bar i go to as it's the only single malt they offer. fiddich to me is "ok" but very forgettable.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon May 02, 2005 4:39 am

Frodo wrote:'livet.

Wait - no Cuervo :lol:


Is that a Scottish swallow or a Mexican swallow?

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Postby Ed » Mon May 02, 2005 11:47 am

Hello All,
The Glenlivet 12 is really pretty high on my list of non Islay malts. I have only had the Glenfiddich 12 once, well, one bottle. If a bar has only one scotch single malt here in Sapporo then it is the 'livet. If it has Glenfiddich they are likely to have ten or twenty other single malts, if not more. And if they have that many malts they will have some good bourbon as well. The 'fiddich does have a special place in my heart, however. Five or eight years ago I bought a bottle. I drank it but have no memory of it at all except that I liked Glenlivet better. But it can in a nice cardboard tube and I used it to save my spare change especially 500 yen coins. I used to buy my plane ticket home with that money every year.
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