Glenfiddich 12yo 40% ABV

glenfiddich 12yo
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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


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


Medium in length, still stays lightly spicy until the end, perhaps orange zest comes through too. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

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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