Whisky Review: Glenfiddich Private Vintage 1975 Specially Bottled for Cathay Pacific

Style: Delicate and Dignified

Nose:
Velvety but massively complex aroma on the nose. Resins and vanilla oak notes are surprisingly up front. Buttery stewed fruits are hiding slightly deeper, dried apricots and apple rings. Milk chocolate malt, chilli spice gives a gentle graze. Every element manages to find a window to sing its tone.

Palate:
The fresh, fruity and grassy tone becomes more visible on the palate. Generously creamy and buttery caramel dripping over candied apples, while crisp red apples elegantly resounding from the core. Dried fruit overtones. Slightly waxy, splendid sweetness squeezing out from black coffee candies, taking a hint of dignified oak. Malt beaming with a cheerful smile. Dry ginger sparkles, very comfortable palate.

Finish:
Soft creamy apple crumble. Green apple slices and gentle vanilla malt.

Thoughts:
A complex offering from Glenfiddich. You can definitely feel the age resides within the dram, yet it responds with more than that. A lot has been built around the Speyside core, all elements playing their own tune, perhaps not always in unison, but the rhythm has been calm and steady. Fruity, balanced, dignified but maintaining a sense of vibrancy. Quite a sophisticated dram.

☆ [Recommended]

[50.7% • 2007 Bottled • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • Bottle Number: 69 • Cask Number: 20540 • Aged 32 Years]

-Esmond