It has a good nose, but that is it. Something wierd in the taste that I could not pin point, and total absence of cherry. The finish leaves a very sour taste in the throat too. I would not rate this more than 6.5
Anyone actually like it?
Quite often the first dram out of the bottle is, for some reason, very disappointing. Give it a week or two and try again once the air has had time to work its magic.
Glenfiddich 18 is a good whisky and that's why it's popular. I think it and the 15yo are probably the pick of the more affordable 'fiddichs. I'd be surprised if it continued to disappoint, but if it is not for you then that's just the way of things. Hopefully though, you'll find it to your liking as time goes on.
adrian44 wrote:Received a bottle of ancient reserve Glenfiddich yesterday and..... wow! How could this thing be the best selling whisky worldwide?
... because it is nice ..... maybe not earth shaking but NICE
This is not very uncommon with best selling bottles of any kind. Jack Daniels, Jameson, Smirnoff.... these are all top selling bottles in their catageory but would not be considered the greatest. However at the end of the day these bottles reach a broader palate than say a Lagavulin 16 which is considered brilliant by a lot of people but probably too much for the palate of the vast majority of casual scotch drinkers.
I've also had the opportunity to try a few of the Balvenies and whilst they are all excellent, although perhaps closer to one another than are the Glenfiddich bottlings.
I have also been impressed by the range of tours that they put on - catering for the novices and the enthusiasts with various lengths of tour and various tasting options at the end. I have had two enjoyable visits and I know I will be back again as I still haven't had the opportuinity to taste directly from the solera vat.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Three cheers for Glenfiddich!
If a Glenfiddich would ever make it to my cabinet it would be the 21y.
I'm quite sure though that there are some great expressions among their older vintages...
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