Glenfiddich 18 Years Old (Official Bottling)

40% ABV, £50-55 for 70cl

Score: 83/100

What they say:

We use fine Spanish Oloroso wood and American oak to mature this rich, intriguingly fruity and robust oak expression, but there are many more reasons why this expression is special.

Every batch is individually numbered and carefully watched over. Each has extraordinary consistency and character from an intense marrying period, and a warming, distinguished finish.

A truly exceptional single malt, the result not just of eighteen years of care and attention, but of whisky-making craft and knowledge passed down through the generations.

2013 IPC goldGold Medal 2013: International Spirits Challenge (ISC)
 IWSCsilveroutstandingSilver Outstanding Medal 2012: International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)

What I say:

The final in our trio of Glenfiddich is the 18 year old. We were introduced at a high standard with the 12 Year Old and developed a massive appreciation of the 15 Year Old Solera, so how did the most expensive of the trio compare…

Colour:

Blood orange gold

Nose:

Waxy furniture polish, a little fruit and leather, woody

Taste:

Waxy oranges and heather honey, mellow Demerara sugar sweetness and a cocoa and chocolate richness that is mouth-coating

Finish:

Shortish with icing sugar sweetness, milk chocolate then a little drying with more of the sherry and wood characters emerging

Would I buy it again:

Complex and entertaining this is a good dram but sadly not better than the 15 year old solera. For me the balance between the sherry and American oak was over-engineered leading a dilution for the final flavours and characters of this dram to be a little blasé. A shame as the first two promised and delivered so much more. A wish Glenfiddich had got off the fence with this one and either produced a real bourbon tour de force or a sherry monster not some bastard inbetween that delivers neither. That said it is highly drinkable and very enjoyable but I wouldn’t recommend spending the extra cash for this over the 15YO.