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I couldn't find anything on the net that differentiated them other than the "Toasted Oak 12" and the "Caoran 12". On Royal Mile's site, the Glenfiddich 12 has a picture of the newer tin and the Special Reserve on the bottle.
Collector57 wrote:I believe it's a replacement for the 12 and is to a different "recipe".
It doesn't seem the same to me (but I've only had it in the pub so maybe my taste buds were numbed!)
Just doesn't seem as "bright"
Last fall, I attended a Glenfiddich tasting, where we were fortunate enough to have Ian Millar, Glenfiddich's Global Brand Ambassador & Master Distiller, run the session for us.
I asked him if all the various expressions were based on the same new make, and he stated that they were. But he did say though, that other than age, an important variable in the various expressions is the ratio of sherry casks to bourbon casks vatted together for a given bottling. The older expressions have a higher proportion of sherry cask aged barrels.
in the UK as well as the bottle labels and the tubes, the old screw top of the 12 has been replaced by a cork. Not having opened a Glenfiddich 12 for a while the screw top fooled me for a few seconds wondering why it wouldn't pull out.
Not been able to find any taste difference between the two samples, so I think its just marketing - trying to give a more modern look - not necessarily a good thing with Whisky.
The 15 has had the same make over, and from the website I see this also applies to the 18 and 21. The word Reserve has been dropped from the whole range except for the Caoran.
Talking of the 15, the extra 3 years and the Solera do wonders to Glenfiddich - time to indulge in one I think
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