Yes! Yes! Yes! Even the mighty Glenfiddich, from its soaring battlements and seemingly inpregnable walls, is hearing the battle cry. The seiging masses below – calling for a less adulterated malt and a more hefty offering – have been bombarding the industry for years now and I would unequivocally argue…are winning. Here, I believe, is the end result of the efforts of bloggers, vloggers and tweeters (oh my!).
It would seem our voices have carried well enough to get the message across. This is impressive. If you’re anything like me, you’re so used to the watered down run-o’-the-mill presentation of the Glenfiddich core range that this will come as a truly welcome gift. While I do have a healthy level of respect for the distillery, I won’t suggest our relationship at this point is based on anything other than just that. Respect.
But there’s more to my appreciation of this particular 15 year old Distillery Edition than just it’s presentation. To me this represents potential. Knowing as we do just how big Glenfiddich is, can you even conceive of the ‘whisky world’ implications if a distillery as forefront as this were to declare 46% their minimum abv offering? Sigh. If only…
Anyway, daydreaming aside, this is a damn good whisky. It’s not great, but it is an absolutely worthwhile purchase and one to keep on the shelf. The distillery’s profile is not likely one that will ever truly excite me, but it’s crispy clean fruits and blemish-free veneer make it an easy dram to approach on any occasion for any drinker. So, while I concede I’m not the biggest Glenfiddich fan, this one does come highly recommended.
Nose: Caramel apple. Pepper. Wow…would not expect this in a Glenfiddich. Creamy and balanced. Fudgy. Vanilla. Come cocoa. Nice spices and dried flowers. Salty dough.
Palate: Apple slices in chocolate. Vanilla cream. Dash of pepper and clove. Some nice lively fruit notes. Spicy. Great mouthfeel. Pleasant and drinkable. Oak and apple back notes. Slight floral overtones. Nice hold at the end.
Shows there can be more to Glenfiddich than just homogeneity and fat sales.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt