Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Insider knowledge: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Glenfiddich 12 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Grain. Slightly floral, mineralic. Spirity, orchard fruit, malty, honey. Citrus develops.
Palate: Light, floral, spices. Very smooth.
Finish: Sweet, touch of oak and general fruit, oily.
Overall: Stereotypical Speyside. Consistent - a good benchmark.
If this product emerged from some garage distillery in a Scottish backwater within the past few years and had a limited supply, the snobbery would snap it up. Imagine the reviews: "lovely pear, quince, apple and toffee" or " a delightful, mellow honeyed dram", etc, etc. I think you get my point. This is a very solid and interesting whiskey. It has its own character, it's own interesting flavor and a very good quality.
14th February 2014
Good entry bottle. Most people start to drink with something god-awful, and then say they'll never drink whisky again. This bottle assures that they don't say that.
10th January 2014
It's not the best of the cheaper or younger single malts but it is an excellent whisky. We all have different tastes so of course there will be people that won't like it but anyone that says this is a poor whisky frankly does not know what they're talking about or is probably just getting too caught up in what whisky enthusiasts regard as fashionable rather than the appreciation of the spirit.
I chose this as my first foray into the world of single malt scotch. I have few options where I live, but boy, am I glad I went with this one. My first dram has opened my eyes and has gotten me all hot and bothered to continue exploring the vast world of scotch whisky.
4th January 2014
Must say I was expecting some snobbery but not to this extent. This and Glenmorangie 10 year old have started my love affair with malt whisky and while I develop my pallet I will not forget where I started from and nor will I stop recommending this fine drink.
26th December 2013
Because people know I like single malt scotch and it is cheap, I keep getting this as gifts. Even free, I can't drink it neat like I do higher quality scotches. I save this or company or for making Godfather's.
17th December 2013
very nasty stuff and overated it made me make a face off a sip I never make a face this stuff is disgusting brothers stay away glenlivet12 tomatin 12 highland 12 old pultney 12 try something else lol
13th December 2013
oily jam rags, cinnamon thieves, a shoulder to cry on, custard flancies, sump, fist of fury and domestic violence to name but a few of the tasting notes/emotions evoked by this exceptional bellend of a whisky.
26th November 2013
I have been drinking whisky now for 20 or so years now, & trying over 20 diff single malts. Even though i find the Glenfid 15 smoother & more mellow i still come back to the 12 because of its more robust experience
3rd November 2013
Very nice whisky, smooth and very fruity for me... its good! Recommended.
30th October 2013
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6th October 2013
It's a very nice and easy whisky to drink not challenging at all but really pleasant.
22nd August 2013
Light and fresh nose but compared to some other bottles in this price range somewhat uninspiring. Great everyday dram or first glass, not complex at all and I guess that's what some people like.
17th August 2013
Been using this to clean and alleviate the pains of a Wisdom tooth, works better than salt water and tastes better too but it's a single malt whisky.
13th August 2013
Amazing scotch, admittedly it took me a few days to start to appreciate it but when i did, i'd found a new love in my life. I'd go as far as to say this is my favourite whisky, although i do plan on treating myself to another Glenfiddich 15 at some point.
6th August 2013
Not bad not good.
Has so,e complexity but not enough, it's a wee bit harsh but compared to,other singles at this price point it's not to bad at all.
The standard one to have in the cupboard for others but not one I would personally have unless my options were limited,
12th July 2013
Personally, I think it's fine although I am far from an expert. Though if you're into something different, try it with fire roasted marshmallows around a fire pit! Leave an interesting finish, something like caramel and coffee yum!
11th July 2013
Light and floral. Not my type of single malt
4th July 2013
This is boxing above its class. The Glenfiddich 12 has more in common with J&B Rare Blend and Cutty Sark Blend.
The nose is just harsh and unappealing. Like someone squeezed a tiny bit of salted grapefruit into a dirty rusted can full of grain alcohol.
The taste is like I said above. Tastes like a low cost blend. Flat, uninspiring and just plain bad.
And the finish is actually alright. With little oak and a bit of citrus zest. But that equates to someone giving you 5 dollars after punching your baby in the face.
I have no idea why people love this scotch so much.
22nd June 2013
It's hip to bash Glenfiddich, but I enjoy a good dram of it. Starter malt maybe...but 10x better than islay Jura for roughly the same price. Oily on the palate, but not overtly with sweet tones of flowers, fruit and tobacco base. Moderate finish with a kick of damp oak. Leaves just enough fire in the belly....what more do you want from a cheap single malt?
20th June 2013
This was the first single malt I ever had and I really liked it. Then I had other singles. Now I would never drink this again. They're better at selling scotch than making them!
18th June 2013
Drank it last week at a friend's place just to be polite, never was a scotch drinker, not much of a drinker at all as a matter of fact. After 3 glasses my husband was wondering where his wife went, lol....I was flying and loving it. Bought a bottle the very next day and drinking a swig right now.................
16th June 2013
I liken this to Johnnie black, the same in so much as they are perfect in their smoothness and so drinkable for their fineness and neutrality. This is the best single malt for me. I drink Woods 100 for a strong hit.
7th June 2013
6th June 2013
I have always been a blended whiskey drinker. For a first time a friend had me try this 12 yo and I truly think it was a delight. That is all I drank the rest of the weekend. It might be "bottom of the barrel" to some itch more developed tastes but to a newbie I thought it was great. Definitely will have it again and looking forward to trying others.
2nd May 2013
It's not bad, it's just not interesting. If you're not a single malt drinker, you can start here without fear, but just know there is a big wide world of intense and complex tastes awaiting you. This is pretty much scotch-with-training-wheels.
29th April 2013
GREAT START TO THE WORLD OF SINGLE MALT SCOTCH.CLASSIC.TRY IT IN PREFERENCE TO BLENDED SCOTCH.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
17th April 2013
Easy to understand, sweet and mellow. Good to start with if you are new to whisky. I would like to try the other expressions of Glenfiddich to.
1st April 2013
My thoughts have already been summed up:
It's very pleasent- but that's it. Sweet and simple, no complexity, and too alcoholic to drink quickly.
I would agree Glenmorangie for this price.
10th March 2013
I'm giving this a '10' to compensate for some of the ridiculous criticism on here... actually it is an 8... but an '8' for less than £30 is remarkable. Very good whisky, lovely hint of pear as one reviewer notes here, and slightly mineral taste. Fantastic all-rounder, in most corner shops and high-street wine stores this is head-and-shoulders the best product (of any drinkable kind) on the shelves.
8th March 2013
I know this Glenfiddich 12 is often called the ideal starter single malt for beginners, but I have to disagree. To me the Glenlivet 12 is better qualified for that, and I am sure some others I've not yet tasted would as well. This Glenfiddich is okay, but has a cheap finish and lingering aftertaste that is something between cut grass and tabacco, and not in the right fashion. I suppose the price is what breeds the popularity, but I'd rather pony up for a bit better quality.
7th March 2013
Yes this isn't the most complex of single malts, but I actually think that adds something to it. A simple, fine taste that you can enjoy on any day at any time. If you want to try something unusual, then don't go for this, but it is the world's best selling Scotch for good reason.
5th March 2013
After last holiday in philippines i have brougth various whiskys brandy includes bushmills, corvoisier, jack daniels white mackey, chivas, but glenfiddich tasted the best. My brother liked it,
2nd March 2013
The Green card tube is on every shelf that sells whisky. Its so common it must be rubbish ? Its the Xmas present for Grandad etc. This is a high quality 12 year old speyside malt whisky. Light, delicate nose, lovely fruity honey pallette. A great bottle if you just want a bottle around, and a must as part of any bigger assortment. Enjoy
26th February 2013
not very adventurous. not much character but all this is overlooked for the smoothness. much prefer Glenlivet 12 yo. same price but more of an experience.
14th January 2013
A great 12yr old single malt, lovely taste, one of the best!
30th December 2012
Absolutely fabulous!!!!! I drink at least a bottle a day....and particularly love it poured over fried bananas. What could be better for the real drinking man! Screw aroma, peaty flavour and all that other bullshit. This stuff will make your hair stand up and makes a perfectly good anti-freeze for your car on cold Canadian mornings
23rd December 2012
and I have loved it, goes down nice and smooth, hits the spot after a long day at work or on a Friday or Saturday night relaxing. Really enjoyed
8th December 2012
Worst single malt I've tasted so far. Found it extremely conservative and devoid of any complexity. Exchanged it for the Aberlour 10 ;)
23rd September 2012
Well worth the price, great for beginners (like me) nice everyday whiskey when your not looking for anything complex, great to share *so you can keep the good stuff ;)* very crisp and refreshing, lacks the warming refined taste of the 15 and 18 but a great afternoon sipper
19th September 2012
It has such a fun palate, and such a nice finish that I can't see why people hate it...better then glenlivet 12...better then all the blended whiskeys I have tried, except Green Label. Spend your money on it, it's a treat! :) ( i would go with Highland Park 12 though, but you should try Glenfiddich 12 to)
23rd August 2012
Incredibly well balanced, light flavors but a full creamy body. Nothing at all wrong with this whisky. Floral, with light sweetness but heavy and malty at the same time. Just lovely.
13th August 2012
People like to knock Glenfiddich because it's the most popular malt in the world, but it remains a 'safe pair of hands' so to speak. Fresh, fruity aromas dominate the nose and the palate doesn't disappoint. A good introduction to the light Speyside style.
22nd June 2012
taste is a subjective matter...this one is a safe play in the world of scottish single malts...what they should do is cut the caramel colouring, unchillfilter it and amp it up to at least 43 per cent alcohol...would be a much improved and different whisky...but money rules...
12th June 2012
Of all the single malt`s I have drunk to date this is without doubt the worst. If this was all that a single malt had to offer I would drink something else. How it ever won a gold medal is beyond me?
9th February 2012
A decent sipper - I keep a bottle in the bathroom so I can have a dram whilst sitting in a nice hot bath. Bliss. Also good to have on hand as a general sipper to share with those that might like a whisky but aren't worth wasting the good stuff on. Keep a bottle handy I say. This would be my pick for a 'general purpose whisky'.
8th January 2012
I dont knowwhether to be flippant - but - Rubbish equates to Tripple redistilled Cameldung ex Gaddafi's back yard - can ye no be a wee bit mair specific??
12th November 2011
I personally think Glenfiddich is over rated but this is a fine whisky! smooth and sweet. Can't beat the 18 year one though.
4th November 2011
This stuff, bought at the Heathrow Airport gave me sense of being home even in Germany, ie. Frankfurt. Great stuff, great quality, great 'Britishness'. Thumbs up!!!
29th September 2011
A very basic scotch. The finish is not what you would expect from the aroma or immediate touch to your tongue. Leaves much to be desired and reminds me of something one would make in their home who has not mastered the art. Price is not proportional to flavor or proportional to others in category. Many others in same price range that are far superior, such as Glenlivet. Unanimously... it's better than a blend though, I'll give it that. But could use some evaluation from the maker, perhaps some tweaking. Kind of like buying a car and getting the most basic model without power windows/locks and some of the features commonly found in all cars now. But again, beats riding a bike.
20th September 2011
Also enjoyed my visit around the distillery,ar, and my favourite is the 18 ye all love them all
12th September 2011
delicious, well worth the money, my favourite is the 12 year old. Enjoyed our visit round the distillery.
Much better than Glenmorangie which is far too sweet for me. I have tried most singles, and unless I want to pay near twice the price, I don't think it can be beaten. No, I don't much like peat, I prefer whisky! Balvenie Signature might just beat it though??
31st August 2011
Overrated and simply man-hanldles the palate.
For the price I'd rather go with Glemnorangie 10yo.
Heck, I'd drink Cutty Sark before I drank this again.
12th August 2011
.. all of the above. It has a lovely bitter taste up front that might put some off, but then the taste develops. It did not get to where it is, in terms of popularity, on the back of the 10 reviews here. I'd rather go by the MoM notes if I were looking to buy.
4th July 2011
Better than Lambrini
2nd June 2011
A good place to start learning whisky (It's where I started) because it doesn't have the sharper edges of the cheaper drams and it's not overly expensive. This was a good benchmark of how far your palette has grown, it was nice to begin with but now I can see that it is uncomplicated and a bit too flat for me. Nice nose but way to much caramel, which spoils any other tastes that may (but I don't think do) exist underneath it's toffee sweetness. In short, poorly balanced and a bit uninspiring but a good beginners malt. Oh, and the guy that said it's better than a blend doesn't quite get the point of whisky, this is more artificial than any blend
5th May 2011
20th April 2011
The most adorable facet of this one is the nose - some sweet and slightly bitter-fresh green pear, not too intense but very inviting. On the palate this dram feels quite fresh, a little bit juicy, medium oily. What it lacks is complexity and development. The taste remains almost flat from the first sip throughout the finish, being of short-to-medium lenght. No peat or smoke whatsoever. No burn efect also. A good easydrinker and a quality malt for the price!
18th March 2011
This was the first scotch I ever drank. As I tried more and more scotch whiskys, and comparing it this inexpensive bottle, I think it has as complicated tastes as more expensive brands. I would definitely buy a bottle of it. It's not peaty, which I don't like, so it's a great buy for the money. You can't go wrong.
26th December 2010
its a very good single malt for this price, id say one of the finest.
25th November 2010
It is mellow and oliy on the palate with a quite aromatic nose, based on fruits and maltiness. Not a complex malt but much better than even good blends.
22nd November 2010
Flat and uninspiring, money better spent on the 15 or better yet another single malt altogether.
17th September 2010
21st May 2010