Distillers' Single Malts 21 years old and over - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Nose: Barley sugar, malt, dark brown sugar, orange peels, marmalade, manuka honey, Chocolate, foam bananas.
Palate: Full, fruitcake, spices, buttery vanilla, malty. Oak.
Finish: Long, mochaccino, marmalade.
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This needs a while to open up, but then the complexities will soon follow. I sampled a neat pour in a Glencairn glass, and at first everything is slightly harsh, up front, and one-noted. But after a few minutes came a sweet nose with marshmallow, ripe pear, and honey. Palate is lightly oaked and seems well balanced with some pleasant spice and a smooth finish. More mellow than expected, but you must give it time to get there... perhaps that is the sweetness of the rum casks coming into play? Very smooth and enjoyable, but too pricey in my opinion.
8th February 2015
Tastes full and wide. Seems like it tries to be everything but achieves nothing at the same time. Prefer the 18 Glenfiddich.
15th November 2014
Surprisingly flat and one dimensional. Glenfiddich 15y is far more superior than to the 21y old. There are so many better alternatives at this price range and age.
6th November 2014
Best to let this one mellow with water for an hour or so. It will open up quite a bit to spice, caramel and a cherry/apricot finish. Worth the money. I'd buy it again.
6th March 2014
I only recently began to sample scotch. After having started with several 12 year, 15, and 18 year, I hit the 21. WOW, is an understatement! Full of flavor, no bite, and lingers for a bit on the palate. I gave a sample to three people seated at my table that do not drink anything other than American mass production beer and they were astonished! I will be purchasing a bottle of this for home!
4th February 2014
I just bought my first Bottle today and I had 2 glasses. All I can say is Wow!
28th December 2013
I bought two bottles of this, intending to keep them, but began to get concerned when I saw such a variation in prices (anything from €85 to €150). I did a tasting session the other night with a dozen or so colleagues; all French speakers, but very interested in and appreciative of Scottish Single Malts. We ended up trying a total of 10 different whiskies, including this one and I must tell you that this finished dead-last. No-one liked it, including me. (Best on the night, by the way, were the Bowmore Mariner 15YO and the Laphroaig Quarter Cask, with the Bowmore 100° Proof and the Glenlivet 21YO not far behind.)
4th December 2013
I was expecting a little more rum flavour,
9th October 2013
Why is it Rum finishes are sold out quickly? or at least it seems so to me. I told 2 guys about this and they are ordering as I speak. I have to quit telling my friends about run finished whisky!
18th February 2013
Just bought me a bottle, in my opinion this is a really nice dram.
12th February 2013
The rum twist does add something but as a regular drinker of the Glenfiddich 15 year Solera vat it lacks something extra for the extra cost. Solera average £30 per bottle, rum finish £80 per bottle!
3rd February 2013
This is indeed a great dram. It's smooth and buttery, and adding a good amount of water brings out these two characteristics very well. I could happily spend an evening "investigating" its various flavours.Can't agree about it being sweet though. Sweeter than your average oaky 21 year old perhaps, but not like bourbon or Glenmorangie Astar.
18th December 2012
I dont know
24th August 2012
A superb partnership, and one full of structure, silky smoothness & lingering flavors. I was expecting much less because of other reviews, and was overwhelmingly surprised with the depth, smoothness, varying levels of intensity, lush rich flavors of vanilla, buttery caramel, and lingering creaminess.I now wonder who on Earth are those people whom claim they have tasted this Scotch elixir, and could rate it any less than remarkably outstanding,and a must have for any Scotch enthusiast. My score: 95+ out of 100, and so far I have tasted 378 Scotch whisky’s this year and it is only May 02, 2012. For the average suggested retail price of $189.00US, the Glenfiddich 21 Yr Old Gran Reserva Single Malt Scotch Whisky is an absolute bargain. I have 5 bottles and looking for a few more!I have no affiliation to any person, or company that distills, promotes, or is involved with the sales, distribution, or marketing of any alcoholic product. I am a Scotch enthusiast
4th May 2012
Thought it was out of 5. Here's my real score.
19th March 2011
This has a lovely nose; very sweet with a hint of almond along with the obvious rum. It's super smooth on the mouth but just lacking the big flavour you'd expect. I would have given it a 4 but for the price.
I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS THE AGEING IN RUM CASKS SOUNDS SO DELECTABLE ITS CAUSING ME TO BE EXCITED I AM IN THE NAVY I AM BUYING ONE AS SOON AS I PULL IN TO PORT.
21st January 2011
Gorgeous. My favourite dram so far! Smoother than silk and the addition of the rum twist really gives it something else. Highly recommended.
5th October 2010