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.
Flat and uninspiring, money better spent on the 15 or better yet another single malt altogether.
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.
its a very good single malt for this price, id say one of the finest.
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.
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!
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
Better than Lambrini
.. 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.
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.
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??
delicious, well worth the money, my favourite is the 12 year old. Enjoyed our visit round the distillery.
Also enjoyed my visit around the distillery,ar, and my favourite is the 18 ye all love them all
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.
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!!!
I personally think Glenfiddich is over rated but this is a fine whisky! smooth and sweet. Can't beat the 18 year one though.
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??
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'.
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?
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...
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.
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.
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)
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
Worst single malt I've tasted so far. Found it extremely conservative and devoid of any complexity. Exchanged it for the Aberlour 10 ;)
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
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
A great 12yr old single malt, lovely taste, one of the best!
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GREAT START TO THE WORLD OF SINGLE MALT SCOTCH.CLASSIC.TRY IT IN PREFERENCE TO BLENDED SCOTCH.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.
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.
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.