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Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva

(70cl, 40%)

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva
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Glenfiddich Rum Finish 21 Bottling Note

A 21 year old bottling from Glenfiddich, finished in casks used previously to age Caribbean Rum.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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User Reviews of the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva

Wonderful Nose & Taste

Complex nose of orange, citrus and leather. Smooth at first then comes on forcefully pleasant with a long warm finish with NO off tastes. Viscous without being syrupy. This is a good one! Reasonable price for a very good 21 year single malt.

4th April 2017

Love to try the airport version

Top of my list. This version taste as good but love to try the airport version with 43.2% in comparison.

4th January 2017

the Gran is gone

If you look at the marketing carefully, the previous 21 was finished in Gran Reserva rum casks. This new bottling and packaging is now only Reserva rum casks. It may suggests a shortage of older or better quality casks, or a change in the recipe of Glenfiddich's rum combination due to shortage in some component rums.

27th December 2016

Seems to have changed...

Since I first fell in love with the 21, it seems to have changed. I believe they aren't giving it as much time in the rum casks as they did the first batches, and it shows.

26th December 2016


I would recommend! Amazing flavor!

15th December 2016

Biggest disapointment ever

I have tried more than 150 different single malts.. And must say im quite a fan of the glenfidich... But this one was the biggest disapointment off all teh whiskies of my life..considering the age and the price. Not balanced at all, not a decent finish and way below the old glenfidich 21 gran reserva. Instead of replacing the 21 years old they ruined theyr reputation. Should be taken out of the market asap or will get the brand seriously damaged.

22nd September 2016


Opps missed my rating. BTW, it has a unique taste due to rum finish

29th June 2016


It was good drink but not great. I see comments on the price thus I agree this is slightly overpriced. I will consider again if the price drops. :-)

29th June 2016

Seriously unimpressed

Overwhelming vanilla flavour that smothers other aspects. Tinge of Rum is faint. Long reach is it's best aspect. Too smooth to be distinctive. Way over-priced. Far better whiskeys on the market for one third of the price. Very disappointed.

22nd May 2016

Jusy expensive

I love the 12, 15, 18. Reasonably priced. Me and couple of my friends shared this. It is good to drink but will never ever spend so much for this 21.

15th May 2016

Very disappointed

Its not a question of price, its just not a good whisky... Waste of time... 21 years time

I love rum and I love whisky and was enthusiast finding this bottle...but its just not a good whisky... Something went wrong in the process...

24th February 2016


This is far and away my favorite scotch, incredibly smooth and wonderful taste. In my opinion it is vastly superior to other scotch in the same price range such as the Balvenie doublewood 17 and much better than the more expensive Mcallan 18 and Blue label. Do yourself a favor and buy this.

25th December 2015


I prefer 15/18 better.

21st December 2015

St. Jude Chapel

I know it to be a fine and mature whiskey.

11th December 2015


I love the 12 and 15 years. 18 years is great. I bought this last week at my local exclusive whisky shop (only place I have seen this). It was very expensive and same as airport price but wanted to try it. It is ok I guess as the taste is good but I felt the price needs to be trimmed. Low rating due to price vs taste. Pulteney 21 was good buy and tasted way better.

2nd December 2015

I'm not impressed.

The price is to high and it falls short in all areas. I was not impressed in the slightest and for a 21 Y/O well let's put it this way try the Glenmorangie signet it's slightly cheaper has bags of depth and flavour and practices what it preaches unlike this one a real let down !.

3rd November 2015

Needs to be higher ABV

If only it was non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% this would have truly been one of the greats!

Overall it's a lovely scotch but for this price range Glengoyne 21 is a much better option

18th July 2015

Glenffidich 21

a bit salty to me! otherwise a good and elegant whisky!

27th May 2015

Yet another insult from Glenfiddich...

Watered down to the bare minimum of 40%... and you want how much? Stop insulting your customers Glenfiddich. Eventually they'll catch on.

8th April 2015

Patience is a Virtue

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

Let it sit

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

Best dram yet!

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

Out of this planet

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

Really nice dram!

Just bought me a bottle, in my opinion this is a really nice dram.

12th February 2013

Good but lacking something

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

Lovely, complex, oaky

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

Mr Hans Persson

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

Smooth but lacking something

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.

19th March 2011



21st January 2011

Dan, Lincoln

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

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