Thursday, May 10, 2007

Malt Mission 2007 #79

Glenfiddich review whisky tasting notesGlenfiddich Special Reserve 12yo
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

40% abv


This distillery can safely be called a POWER brand. Glenfiddich has the largest distillery capacity in the world of malt whisky and its whiskies account for 20% of all malt whisky sales. That is fricking nuts.

In regular release, their line includes a no age statement malt, a 12 year old, a 12 year old Caoran Reserve, a 15 year old, an 18 year old, a 21 year old, a 30 year old, and a 40 year old.

For more Glenfiddich distillery information, please see past Malt Missions where a few of the above malts were tasted.


Melon rind, legumes, raw peanuts in their shells. Body lotion or face cream, unscented.

Sweet while in the mouth, vanilla, half&half cream, but turns malty and even peppery upon swallowing. Still nutty, but slightly more roasted. The finish is quite drying, slightly oaky, and grassy.


The ubiquitous bottle of whisky in 180 countries around the world, it doesn't need to stand out. Totally pleasant whisky with a long finish. Clean. Tidy. And yes, boring.

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Ed said...

Compare the standard 12 year Fiddich to the much superior limited edition 13 year old 1991 Vintage Reserve and it's hard to believe they both come from the same distillery. And then of course there is their 18 year old Ancient Reserve.

Unknown said...

I'm with Ed - The 18 year old makes me want to cry because I can't afford it.

Anonymous said...

what about 15 year old 'solera reserve'?

its friggin amazing!!!

not that im biased or anything since my family worked in the distillery for about 50 years in total! including me!!!! of course the main benefit was the cheap whisky.

To be honest I dont like 12 year old and would much rather have any Balvenie.

Jason Debly said...

I think Glenfiddich 12 yr old is a nice started single malt for someone new to the world of scotch.

It is a pleasant dram, yes, not complex, but for the price, what do you expect?