Review: Glenfiddich 19 Years Old Age Of Discovery Bourbon Cask

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glenfiddich Distillery

Bottling: Official

ABV: 40%

Cost: £92.44 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and applause. However this meant that Glenfiddich needed a new Age of Discovery bottling to replace the excellent Madeira cask, so here we have it – the Bourbon cask a fantastic follow-up that delivers as strongly as its older brother.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose:

Toffee and vanilla play out first followed by a fruity cocktail of cox apples and spiced orange.

Palate:

Caramel and vanilla give way to a leathery quality, with water a spiciness arrives with nutmeg and cardamom notes.

Finish:

Majestically long with apple tart and warm spicy flavours.

Overall:

A great follow-up to the Madeira cask, equally complex and delicious without replicating what has gone before – top notch!

What I say:

Colour:

Refractive antique gold (10/20), medium sized tears

Nose:

Apple pie and vanilla custard, sweet shortcrust pastry, baked apples with plenty of cinnamon spice, egg custard, fruity peach, apricot and oranges slightly zesty and citric, toffee and caramel oak wood

Taste:

Quite light in body and sublimely smooth, mouthfilling, honeyed sweetness, creamy vanilla custard made with vanilla bean pods, cereal barley grist, coconut, caramel and butterscotch toffee, a hint of nutmeg spice

Finish:

Long, honeyed toffee and nutmeg spice

Overall:

A reasonably enjoyable and simple Bourbon-cask matured Glenfiddich, worthy of inclusion into their 19yo Age of Discovery series, sits nicely as a comparator for the Madeira Cask and Red Wine Cask expressions. A nice example of how ex-bourbon cask maturation can work really well in older expressions, a good balance between cask and spirit characters in here too.

Score: 87/100

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