Thursday 19 September 2019

Glenfiddich The Original Review

Hi everyone,

The other day I reviewed some Ardmore’s, as we’ve selected one as a selection to be bottled for r/Scotch.
Today I’ve got another nod to the other whisky that we selected; a Glenfiddich. The selection that we will be doing as the r/Scotch bottling will actually be a Wardhead, a Glenfiddich blended with a teaspoon of Balvenie. This practise is used to make sure that their high name is not sullied by those that would release their whisky willy-nilly, however every whisky company seems to have stocks that they don’t want or need to sell off, so some of this Wardhead ends up on the market. It does tend to be quite different from the usual Glenfiddich though. For one, they are normally single cask, cask strength whiskies released by independent bottlers.
Anyway, the review I’ve got today is an official. Glenfiddich were the first single malt and they released this to celebrate that fact with a salute to the original packaging and an attempt to recreate the style.

Glenfiddich The Original 40%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Light
Nose: Fresh and fruity, loads of green apple and pear, shortbread biscuit and vanilla, some malt, classic but lacking complexity
Taste: Lacking some mouthfeel, a little watery, pear juice, green apple, a little red apple then some dry oak and average spice.
Finish: Long length (surprisingly). Quite long but simple with more shortbread and malt, even a little harsh.
12yo Glenfiddich in a fancy tin? One for the collectors I feel.

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #787
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