Review: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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

This is different than the solera matured 15 year old, and clocks in at an impressive 51% and is also non chill-filtered. It is made from similar casks as the other 15 year old, but without a solera process. So, we'd expect a better mouthfeel and finish than the standard 15, but how does it really compare?

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L32Z 4903 2611 0820

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

On the nose – lots of peach - stewed and dried - and lots of spice here as well! Pears, almond, custard, apple seeds, corn husks, and a touch of nice malt. The palate is rich – and with wonderful mouthfeel – nutmeg, cinnamon, almond, peaches, green apple, pleasing light malt – buttery and very easy to drink but also with the lightest texture of tannins. The finish is full of gummy peach candies – fuzzy peaches, in Canada.  Also dried apricots, pleasing vanilla, a touch of sherry spiciness, though it does disappear fairly quickly. I quite like the 15 year old solera reserve, and this doesn’t quite have the same complexity, but the mouthfeel is far superior and the palate shows a bit of a different character – but still a favorite of the Glenfiddichs for me.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $60. Worth noting, though, for a higher ABV and decent single malt, this is on the cheaper end!