Whisky Review: Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Distillery Edition

Style: Sweet and Delicate

Nose:
Elegant autumn apple on the nose. Baked pastry, lemon tart underlined by subtle barley husk and honey brushes. Going deeper we have almonds and cinnamon dust comes with considerable chilli spices at the back. Icy and crisp.

Palate:
Warmer as we have a bigger malt presence on the palate. Vanilla malt moved up and sit next to orchard fruits at the front role. Very refined notes of apples and cinnamon sticks while ginger spice lashes out a zinging whip. Roasted almonds and a pinch of nutmeg sprinkled on top. Oak slowly emerges, milk chocolate, delicate and smooth.

Finish:
Dark and milk chocolate and orchard fruit notes staying on, surrounded by ginger spice which gives a tingling sensation. Pretty nice.

Thoughts:
To be honest, the thought of Glenfiddich at a higher strength gets me excited (WGS if you are reading this please do more 43s!). This one is bottled at 51% and I am not disappointed as the power is strong enough to deliver the flavours. The spirit itself exquisitely delicate and refined, crisp apples singing high notes while deeper, nuts and vanilla malt holding up nicely. This is no super cask or blend in here but I feel the quality of the spirit speaks for itself. No wonder Glenfiddich is one of the best single malts in the world, well deserved.

[51% • 2009 Bottled • Original Bottling • Non Chill Filtered • General Release]

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Esmond