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This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.
Nose: Loads of fruit. Zesty grapefruit, baked toffee apples. Dry, chocolate Flake-y wood and cinnamon.
Palate: Candied fruits and Glenfiddich freshness balances richer notes of dried apricot, more cinnamon and toffee, ginger and dry Sherry.
Finish: Peels and a touch of salted toffee.
Overall: A wonderfully rich and enjoyable Glenfiddich single malt.
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Initially, I was a little underwhelmed by this. I am a huge fan of Glenfiddich - though less so than The Glenmorangie, Glenlivet, Glendronach or Bunahabhain. Nonetheless, I expected an 18 yr old to have complexity, depth and character. The nose is a little flat, the dominant aroma being a slightly spicy toffee. It doesn't really fill the glass (or the senses) though. The palate is mostly vanilla, quite strong chocolate, a little citrus (more pomelo than grapefruit). It is smooooooth on the tongue and goes down with no burn or unpleasant pepperiness. very balanced, a bit like a Kavalan Podium but with a bit more oak (quite a compliment to Kavalan by the way).Hold it in the mouth for a minute or so though, run it around your gums a few times, swallow, then open your mouth and.......aaaaahhh. The chocolate, vanilla, pepper, ginger. This is actually a pretty bloody good dram, made for late night drinking with a friend or better still, alone when nobody is distracting you. reminds me a bit of the Glenmorangie Signet at a fraction of the price and with a little more bite.
22nd March 2017
Saw a review @whisky.com but it didnt live up to the complements. Nice dram, but not nearly as complex as an 18 Year old drop should be in my opinion. Highend pricewise not so highend sherry-whisky-wise.
23rd February 2017
One of my favorites. The cinnamon, red apples and toffee really come through nicely with a medium to long rich finish. Always have an extra bottle on the shelf for a back up.
24th January 2017
3rd January 2017
Quite remarkable for the price!
22nd December 2016
I just had this last night as part of my Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. I was pleasantly surprised by this whisky. I agree wholeheartedly with the overall assessment of this dram. Buy some!
6th December 2016
22nd September 2016
It is good enough and worth about $60 for a bottle. Not as good as an Aberlour 18 or Macallan 18, but good enough for a lower price point. Not complex. Almost like a sherried blended whisky.
19th September 2016
10th August 2016
28th July 2016
My favorite 18 yr old speyside. Rich nose of baked apples and cinnamon, and a wonderfully scrumptious palate with tons of dried fruits and toffee fudge. Beautifully balanced and dangerously easy to drink. In the words of Brian Kinsman; it's "incredibly distinguished".
25th July 2016
The best whisky i have ever tasted and i have had balvenie 17 doublewood .
20th July 2016
It would take hours for me to find all the proper words of praise for this adult beverage.
27th May 2016
Not very complex, light watery feel mouth, finish is short bit of spice.
9th May 2016
It's the most generic name in Scotch there is. I bought a bottle a few years ago, thought somewhere between "meh" and "yuck", and proclaimed I'd never get another one. I finally decided to give it another chance, assuming I'd regret it and get to write mean things, but disappointingly it's quite excellent. I don't know if it's year-to-year variation or if my palate has just changed (I remember a lot of bitterness, and can't find any bitterness at all this time), but this is one of my favorites in recent memory.It's sweet, smooth, fruity (without being overly-so), fresh, a little spiced/oaky, and easy. The MoM taste notes have it right on the money. Definitely an excellent beginner Scotch, but has plenty for the Lagavulin-loving connoisseur as well. (no smoke, don't get me wrong there!). I feel almost guilty rating it a 9; I'd probably give it full marks if it weren't for the brand, but I'm sure Glenfiddich will do just fine regardless, so take that!For the record, my bottle says 43% ABV. Batch 3308. Purchased in USA.
15th April 2016
I did not expect anything outsanding, knowing how standard and plain the Glenfiddich 12 tastes.What a surprise. The nose is highly vegetal and fruity, I definitely agree on the baked apples.Then the palate is so balanced, very fruity and gently. Again, notes of apples.The finish is long and smooth, with still the apples.Great. But definitely not worth 74 EUR. Not worth more than 50.
3rd April 2016
Novice to whisky, first bottle I purchased was Balvenie 12 and thought it's was decent. Today I purchased the Glenfiddich 18 and wow much better. I guess I'll keep exploring varieties and enjoying.
4th February 2016
Average. It is not bad but it should be fine taste single-malt. Instead it tastes as a little better version of an average commercial whiskey. Overpriced and overrated IMO.
15th January 2016
Go for the 15 year old Solera, this one burns. Lots of flavours but it is not smooth.
8th January 2016
Well it's Christmas so figured I'd treat myself to some of this incredible whisky.Totally different animal from the 12 year a deep sweet oak with notes of caramel apples and molasses , some cinnamon and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Incredibly smooth and mine is bottled at 43% so even more impressive. Best thing I've had from Glenfiddich for sure time makes a huge difference with this one. Cheers! The Sugarbear
25th December 2015
I started drinking whiskeys with Glenfiddich (12 yo and then 18yo) this one is a nice solid whiskey, however I find most Glenfiddich too sweet.Nice but not one of my favourites.
23rd December 2015
It's ok but I can think 5 bottles that are better for this price and 5 more bottles that are better for half this price so... Sweet wood spicy dry, that's it. It's drinkable and even enjoyable but for the price it's not something I will pick up again.
19th October 2015
16th October 2015
Rather expensive but a lovely smooth taste, well worth a go.
14th October 2015
I wouldn't usually buy Glenfiddich, as their ubiquitous green bottle to me is the most standard boring single malt you can name. Got a 20cl bottle of this one at duty free before a flight for clandestine swigging to save me paying Ryanair tons of dosh for tiny bottles of something nasty. Anyway, very good indeed. So good it made me re-evaluate my attitude to choosing whisky based on who made it. Turns out I also Like Johnnie Walker Black Label. I might just try Smokey Mountain corn whiskey...
18th September 2015
Beautifully light, floral aroma. A great big hit of vanilla in there. That "burns like a bad batch of Smokey Mountain corn whiskey" guy either got a knock off bottle or simply doesn't know what he's talking about. This one's as smooth as you like.
6th August 2015
Drinking Scotch is an acquired taste. Those that believe they'll buy a bottle and enjoy an evening of sipping whiskey, because it may be the thing to do to impress a friend, are in for a shock. Prior to consuming Glenfiddich, take a sip of iced water to cleanse the palette, then take a sip (a sip, not a gulp) and attempt to identify the flavors that explode in your mouth. I won't describe it, you must experience it for yourself. Enjoy....
4th July 2015
This is a great buy for the money. Always enjoy it! After each sip the flavor lingers with you. Definitely one of my favorites within this price range.-comments by Ginutis
17th May 2015
I am appalled at anyone that would allow the word smooth in the same room as this crap. I paid $120 for a bottle of Glenfiddich 18 thinking that my friend and I could have an enjoyable evening of scotch sipping. Of all the scotch I've had in my life this stuff burns like fire. Anybody who describes this as smooth doesn't know what they are talking about. I am going to tell the store owner how crappy this Scotch is and ask that he stop offering it.
6th May 2015
Its fine, just nothing great about it, I enjoyed the 15 year better.
28th April 2015
This is one of my all time favorites. The baked apple scent on the nose is beautiful. Well balanced, smooth, easy drinking. A good whisky to introduce a new Scotch drinker (as well as the Glenfiddich 15) as there is no harsh alcohol bite, and nothing overpowering about it. Just smooth and delicious.
1st January 2015
Definitely a must try. Not overpowering. Generally agreeable. Not too far flung in any direction. Kind of sweet.
11th December 2014
I've never been a fan of Glenfiddich, but this one took me by surprise. Very well balanced and full of subtle undertones. Complex enough to be interesting, but at the same time good all round so it doesn't get tired after a while. So far hands down best in advent calendar, and one of best I ever tried.
The best Advent whisky so far. The aroma is intricate, with rum, raisin bread, vanilla and lemon. The first sip is slightly peppery and gingery, with some rosemary astringency, but moves to sherry, grapes and toffee. The finish recalls the vanilla of the nose with cinnamon, rice pudding and lemon. This rounded, smooth yet complex whisky makes a great gift for the novice or experienced drinker.
Nose: Fudge, Spiced red apple, Hints of candied orange, some white grapes and subtle notes of oak. Palate: Toasted Oak, red apple, some raisins and nutmeg.Finish: A fairly long and drying finish, Notes of grape, gingerbread, citrus oil, and some distant smoke fading to a close.
This is really quite a special whisky, the marriage of both sherry and bourbon has given a huge level of interest and complexity to the malt. Really fruity up front full of apple crumble and caramel notes with christmas spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon coming through. It finishes with an oaty, amaretto infused finish.
Nice and Smooth, taste stay longer...
19th October 2014
fabulous whiskey. . 15 yr old still does it for me on price and flavour, each to there own.
8th October 2014
Shnishe!Seriously this whisky has immediately kicked me off my high horse and told me not to poo poo Glefiddich whiskies just because they make a zillion bottles a year. (Lacks the authentic artisan touch you see. WTF do I know? ) Trouble is it's bloody magic! I now have to explore the rest of the range.....
24th September 2014
Good whisky but not as good as the 15 years old
15th September 2014
Have been drinking this for more than 2 years.. Bloody brilliant it is...Just got thier select cask.. Would let you know how that is😉Maddu IND
12th August 2014
Best whisky by far " Smooth" most superior
28th July 2014
I didn't know this drink but I had to google it after some sips from a bottle given to me by a friend. Very mild and friendly taste, yet gives all you want from fine whiskey. I wish I had googled it before gulping all cos I may not afford another bottle now. I have also checked for its retail outlet, but no way. Yet another great and high experience!GodSon. Port harcourt, Nigeria
24th July 2014
Referring to 'ancient mistake': isn't the 'Ancient Reserve' the same thing as the current 18yo, - Glenfiddich just don't put 'Ancient Reserve' on the label anymore? Certainly all sites advertising the Ancient Reserve just illustrate a 'standard' 18yo bottle.I was given a small bottle of 18yo last month, and thought it great, - though I'm more of an Islay fan. But, oddly, Ralfy mentioned in one of his reviews that he won't be reviewing the 18yo, - as it doesn't reach 80/100. Very odd. The 18yo seemed much better than the 15yo to me.
17th July 2014
I won't get into all that pretentious horseshit about "notes" of this and "notes" of that and "pairs" well with a pair of whore's drawers!!!.....its a great phucking whisky if you can afford it....and I can!!!!!....and more than that....it stimulates the creative senses and inflames the genitals and makes you want to rob banks and go for drives in the countryside with law enforcement and gunfire!!!!........seriously......its a great whisky and well worth the 80.00 bucks (Can) Sign me......Regards, Don LairdDogtown BastardAlberta, Canada
25th March 2014
I probably have 50 bottles of Whiskey. This is one of my all time favorite and go to bottles. The warm spiced apples are just yummy.
7th March 2014
A rather sweet, very fruity whisky, very delicate, mellow and soft. A finish with toffee is very pronounced. I initially wanted to save this one for a long time, so I poured a very small amount in the glass. The taste lasted in my mouth for the next 2 hours, and it was simply beautiful. Be wary of the glass you drink it with, as it does make a difference.
10th January 2014
Quite simply a taste of the "Gods" I smile every time I take a sip
9th January 2014
I refer to the "A truly awful whisky" reviewer. A ridiculous review that is of no use to anyone. Why is it an awful whisky
23rd December 2013
This, basically. This is a good whisky, but for me the 15yo has more depth and complexity.
21st December 2013
apples apples apples. Hint of sherry, Apples, sweet. great bottle.
2nd December 2013
The smoothness of what you look for when you invest in an 18year old. Very affordable and underrated bottle.
16th November 2013
absolutely wonderful 18 yr old single malt, I bought two bottles 3 yrs ago, just opened the second, its stunning. delicate, smooth mellow and that famous warmth as you swallow it down slowly, worth every penny and more.
20th October 2013
This is a gem. Beautifully balanced, aromatic. A classic Speysider.
11th October 2013
I see one bad review about the Whisky and I don't understand how anyone could say that about it. I understand if you don't like the place you bought it from, but this is one of the best Whiskies (for that price) that one can get. Been drinking this for years and it is fantastic. Never ordered from this site, so I can't comment on the service.
23rd September 2013
I love this whisky for its smoothness and caramel/apple/cinnamon flavours. the best way I can describe it is to imagine Angelina giving you a lingering French kiss while half way through eating and licking on a toffee apple. once I get started on a bottle of this its hard for me to put it down in errrr what id imagine would be a similar way to mrs Pitt :)
29th May 2013
Another great whisky from the underrated Glenfiddich distillery. One of the smoothest and bueatifully honey sweetened whiskies out there. However if your used to your whiskies bottled at 46% and NCF you may find it somewhat lacking in ommph.
13th May 2013
This is a fantastic whisky. Not for everyday drinking, but for the cozy nights in front of the fire. Perfect. The people that are complaining and downvoting the whisky becouse of a shipping error should stay with Jack D.
12th May 2013
I took me almost a whole year to finish this 1 liter bottle of Glenfiddich and while I'm somewhat of a novice when it comes to Whisky in general, I know that I prefer Speyside whisky compared to those that originate from Islay, and I was very pleased with this bottle and the smoothness it contains. It's like a semi-sweet well rounded richness coats your tongue and the warmness of it all...
3rd April 2013
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30th January 2013
This has got to be one of the worst whiskys I have ever tasted. It is very harsh on the mouth.
31st December 2012
They sent me the WRONG whisky. They sent me the regular 18 year old not the Ancient Reserve. So my review is: Poor. This is the second time I have posted this. So they obviously don't like negative reviews. I think they sent me the wrong whisky on purpose.
28th December 2012
I ordered and payed for a bottle of Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Ancient Reserve. But received a bottle of 18 Year Old Glenfiddich. SO, MY REVIEW: EXTREMELY POOR.
27th December 2012
I have always been a fan of Glenfiddich, I have tried from the 12 to the 21 year old and a lot of the limited edition ones too. My favourite is the 1991 Don Ramsey bottle then this one, i think this is better than the 21 year old. I am not a fan of peaty or smokey whisky but this one has a tiny hint of smoke that works well with the other flavors. To top it off i got 6 bottles of this in Morrisons for 29.99 each ! Bargain !!!!!
6th September 2012
Sweet water with some wood. You can get more even for lower price.
9th August 2012
A good whisky, but not as good as the Glenfiddich 15 in my opinion.
22nd June 2012
This lad is as delicate as an old lady but has enough kick to convert a try. My favorite whisky to date. Jackie Jr
3rd March 2012
Mellow, nutty and smooth, rich and delicate with no alcohol burn and a fantastic whisky overall. Glenfiddich are the biggest, and this whisky shows that they are also *one of* the best.
19th February 2012
Don't let the fact that Glenfiddich are the biggest sellers of Single Malt whisky put you off. They sell more because they produce high class malts and this is a beauty! Many malts finished in sherry casks are overwhelmed by the rich sherry flavours ( sometimes purposely to disguise a poor malt). But in this case the oloroso adds to the already rich mix of orange, ginger and toffee. The end result is one of the very best 18 yo on the market at a truly bargain price.
15th December 2009