Review: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

18 Years; Ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenfiddich (Dufftown, Scotland)

This single malt is made from a mix of oloroso sherry casks and bourbon casks, which are aged and then married in batches for at least 3 months in large oak casks.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: Cinnamon and slightly caramelized apples, pineapple, vanilla, and a bit of creaminess akin to vanilla pudding. There is some nice honey sweetness on the nose, and the oak has taken up some good presence. The caramelized, honeyed apple is so vibrant and inviting, and even more after the vanilla picks up as the nose develops.

Taste: Nice and viscous body. The oak comes in at first, with a good measure of honey – and some spicy apple comes in before fading to vanilla and some spicy cinnamon. Amidst all this, there are some raisins, with the slightest bit of an earthy peaty undertone. The spiciness, acidity, sweetness, and mouthfeel are all brilliant. Warm cinnamon and cacao on the finish. slightly herbal too.

Finish: Tingly, spicy, sweet, and even a touch oily .There are some light apples, vanilla, oak, honey, and just a very light touch of smoke. It is slightly herbal as well, and there even appears to be a bit of mint on the finish. Even, after some time, I find some malt comes through. It is slightly dry too, with good body and length.

This is very good – engaging, complex, and deep. Still, it’s light – not heavy or intense, but light and elegant. The oak has had its effect on the whisky, and it has done good work. A very nice extension from the 12 year old expression. Very pleasant.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $157.