The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown produces possibly the most famous scotch whisky. Ask anyone anywhere that knows something of scotch and I guarantee they will know of Glenfiddich. A family business since the start, Glenfiddich is quite unique in the way that it is independent and has been for so long. They have also been a distillery to experiment and try new things which always makes for a surprising lineup of single malts.
The distillery also produces a lot of spirit for blended malts and have their own blends such as Grants. Whilst originally a blender they do produce some amicable single malts.
The whisky of interest here is the Glenfiddich 15 year old single malt that has been finished in a Solera Vat. This is a process where aged whiskies from the distillery are married together in an oak vat that would have once held sherry or port and then the product is left to further mature in a bourbon barrel. The process is special because the vat is never fully emptied so there will be whisky reminiscent of the original vat first used in 1998.
The 15 year old here has lovely colour, it is a soft apple juice colour with a red rosiness to it. Little to no oiliness the consistency is very thin but suggests a possibility of being a sweet and fruity dram.
An unmistakable scent of rhubarb and custard boiled sweets on the nose with a subtle whiff of pear drops, and then there’s a bit of a marzipan aroma in the background.
Earl Grey tea sweetened with honey and rich merlot flavours flood onto the palate with a sliver of butterscotch rounding up the taste. Not hugely complex but there are some distinguishable flavours there and certainly nothing unpleasant.
The finish is longer than expected, very smooth and leaves a warming flavour in the mouth. Dots of sherried fruitcake and those pear drop flavours linger.
This is a pleasant dram and one that is a good step up from the signature 12 year Glenfiddich. Little to no smokiness just those rich fruity flavours, a lovely wee speyside.
If you’ve tried any other Glenfiddich single malts let me know what you think of them in the comments below!