This Speyside whisky is matured in American & European oak sherry casks for at least 12 years.
Mid gold in colour, has a medium to thick swirl line on my Copita, and thick syrupy legs. #thewhiskeychaps
Noses higher than 40% ABV for me, faint cherryade, icing sugar, evergreen boughs, a little botanical too. Not as light as I remember it from the past tbh. #thewhiskeychaps
It has a good level of wood coming through, lightly floral, perhaps a walk through a dryish woods. #thewhiskeychaps
Nose: Quite a substantial ABV wave, given the 40% strength. Lemon pepper (get that a lot recently), black pepper, white grape, confectionary sugars and vegetal notes #thewhiskeychaps— Whisk(e)y Chap 🏴🥃🇺🇦 (@whiskeychap) August 11, 2022
Mouthfeel is as expected for 40% ABV, and it brings a sweet and lightly spicy character for me. Royal icing, cream soda, lemonade, then cinnamon and light cumin. #thewhiskeychaps
More time brings liquorice allsorts, black coffee, and cranberries. #thewhiskeychaps
Palate: Thin mouthfeel. The palate doesn't quite live up to the punchy aromas. There is spice in the form of black papper and some sweetness (both confectioanry and tropical). The palate is friendly enough but is subdued and 'distant'. #thewhiskeychaps— Whisk(e)y Chap 🏴🥃🇺🇦 (@whiskeychap) August 11, 2022
Medium in length, still stays lightly spicy until the end, perhaps orange zest comes through too. #thewhiskeychaps
Glenfiddich 12yo, along with Glenlivet 12yo were the first two Scotch single malt whiskies that i tasted back in the late 1980’s, after drinking only Jameson before them for a few years. MY recollection from that time was that the Glenlivet won the tussle back then. Tasting the Glenfiddich 12yo now means i’m trying a different whisky altogether now.
I came to tasting this offering with some preconceptions, and i have to admit that i was quite wrong, this bottling was better than i remember the old bottle being. For an entry level dram i quite enjoyed this, yes there’s no mouthfeel, and it’s quite light in general but i enjoyed its flavours. I can’t say i’ll be buying a bottle this morning, but i think it is a good introduction to the lighter Speyside whiskies, exactly how i came to drink Scotch single malt whisky years ago.
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