Glenfiddich 19 Years Old Age Of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish

Glenfiddich 19 Years Old Age Of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish (40%, OB, 2015)

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: 19 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £115
  • Origin: Glenfiddich Distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared

Image courtesy of Master of Malt

What they say

In homage to the intrepid Portuguese voyagers who went on to change our understanding of the new world, we created
Glenfiddich’s first ever 19 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky.

Finished in fine, aged Madeira wine casks from an independent island winery dating back to 1850 we named this expression, Glenfiddich Age of Discovery.

An earthy, bright whisky with a warmth that fades to long sweetness. The first time we’ve used Madeira casks for incredible, rich depth.

Official tasting notes:

  • COLOUR Antique gold.
  • NOSE Deep earthy aromas of sweet ripe fig and orange marmalade create a backdrop to bright notes –fresh gooseberry and grapes ripening on the vine.
  • TASTE Rich, spicy cinnamon and crushed black pepper rest on a deep earthy base. Caramelised fruits, crystallised ginger, raisins and hints of dry oak unravel. A satisfying, silky smooth, almost oily texture.
  • FINISH Dry with warmth that fades into sweet marmalade notes.

What I say

From Glenfiddich’s Age of Discovery series released to travel retail back in 2015 and later available on general release. This expression has been distilled at Glenfiddich and matured for 19 years with a finish in ex-maderia casks. I had been enjoying this for some time however a recent sample receipt from Glenfiddich spurred me into digging out other expressions such as this one to form a mini trio of Glenfiddich reviews with a combined total of 68 years of maturation between them!

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Bright orange gold (8/20), large tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and fruity, brioche, doughy and a little yeasty or funky, fruit medley; pear, apricot, figs, peach cobbler, gently spice and malted barley
  • Taste: Gentle spiced fruits, woody and tannic oak, pear, apple, peach, apricot, oiliness gives it a medium-full body, earthy ginger root and cinnamon prevail
  • Finish: Long, spiced golden raisins and drying oak wood.


Sweet, fruity, woody and spicy in equal measures. The Madeira cask influence brings more stone fruits to Glenfiddich’s pear-led spirit character and some tannic and funky or yeasty wood  is a pleasant addition too.

Score 86/100

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