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A special edition Glenfiddich. This 15 year old is non chill filtered and has been bottled at higher strength. This is classic Glenfiddich, but with added complexity and character.
Nose: Fresh flowers and blossom. Summery and crisp with a peppery edge. Hints of custard and almond.
Palate: Malt, very creamy with more of those blossom notes. Now it's all rather spicy with hints of dark, rich fruit, black pepper and cinnamon. Good sherry character too.
Finish: Good sweetness, long and lush.
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I'll be honest, I wasn't 100% sold on this at first taste but I always subscribe to the theory that you have to give a whisky a "half bottle chance" - if you still dislike it after that, then chances are it's not for you. This liquid grew and grew and GREW on me and has now become one of my favourite scotches. It's absolutely stunning value for money and I can't recommend it highly enough. I never add water to my scotch (it's released at a certain abv for a reason in my opinion) and it's smooth as honey. I think I'm correct in saying that this liquid has won more awards than any other scotch, which doesn't necessarily mean anything usually but, in this case, those judges nailed their choices. Yum.
9th January 2017
milky with water excellent taste
8th December 2016
Based on the previous reviews I bought a bottle, hoping for something spectacular (within this price range), but I have to say I'm disappointed. And not because of cloudiness when water is added or some ignorant thing like that, but just because I find it off balanced. You need to add water or it is very glue-like on the nose, but it becomes too much water for what I prefer on the palate. I find the regular 15 yo better. Perhaps it will make a good base for making my own blend, I'm thinking about adding some heavy sherried Aberlour a'bunadh and water.....
24th October 2016
The ignorance of so many consumers is why lesser whiskies are chill-filtered. Sigh! It's also why colouring is often added. People won't "like" the look of whiskies that are too pale or that are "cloudy".
12th October 2016
For the reviewer below who wonders what causes diluted whisky to become cloudy is likely that the whisky has not been chill filtered. When bottled at 46% and up, whiskies do not need to be chill filtered to not become cloudy on the shelves. But when diluted, the cloudiness may comes back. Non chill filtered whiskies are being more and more in demand as they are viewed as less industrially produced than crafted. I think it's the remaining oils and protein that causes the cloudiness.
29th September 2016
Sorry for the last post!! I am enjoying the ride.. Thank You for a good trip
30th July 2016
I had the misfortune of buying one of these at Dubai duty free. I have been a fan of all ur range, this was disgusting. Don't know if it's a problem with this batch, whiskey turns smokey if added with water or ice cubes. N to drink neat , reminded me of the cheap whiskeys I had in college!!
Loved this one Nutty & spicy Almost perfect.. Almost
12th June 2016
This edition tastes quite good, as is usual with any vintage of Glenfiddich. Being a retired chemist I would like to know the cause of the cloudiness, and whether it can be removed by any measure of filtering - I prefer my diluted Glenfiddich clear.
28th May 2016
This blows my collection of Japanese Whisky out of the water.
5th May 2016
color: golden amber nose: fresh heather and a bit nutty. definitely add some water, this will release some fruity notes palate: spicy on delivery, fruity notes, creamy mouth feel finish: long and warming. clean finishA good example how a non-chill filtered, higher strength version of a popular malt takes it to a new level
25th April 2016
This malt is superb...I could wax lyrical about this for aeon but lets just say Excellent...
12th April 2016
15th March 2016
I love 15 years but this is better. Got 2 in duty free.
11th March 2016
If you're a fan of the regular Glenfiddich 15, you'll probably love this, it's like the 15 on steroids. Great taste, balance and finish, with a wonderful kick to it.
8th December 2015
To the people complaining about is turning cloudy when you add ice... This whiskey is NOT chill-filtered, which means that will happen!!! It's not unintentional. The truth is, this whiskey doesn't need a lump of ice or dash of water anyway - it's VERY drinkable, straight from the bottle. Smooth, sherried fruity flavours, with plenty of body and complexity. This whiskey blows many of it's much more expensive companions out of the water. Keep an eye on Tesco shelves - they occasionally do outrageous deals on it but it's a steal at its full price anyway. Try it.
24th November 2015
guess what...ITS NOT CHILL FILTERED
15th October 2015
I'm with @Not very good - cloudy when you add an ice cube. But when you drink it neat it's pretty good - if a bit overstrong. I prefer the Solera Vat.
30th September 2015
When you add ice and and a dash of water it turns cloudy and is basically undrinkable. Mine has gone down the sink.
10th September 2015
Try adding water to taste. :)
18th May 2015
Call me crazy but I nosed a bit of green apple, as well as nutty almond. Very complex from start to finish. A small amount of water really brings out the sweet flavour of this brilliant whisky.
21st February 2015
I have no desire to be known as an 'experienced taster', I just know what I like, and yeah, I am a Yank, so perhaps take that into account. I received this as a mistake: when I said 15 year old Glenfiddich, my wife bought this from the Duty Free Shop. My first impression was 'hmmm, not like my normal 15 year old much' (The 15 year old Glenfiddich is my favorite go to tipple) My second thought was 'that's not a bad thing'. Sweet but complex, with the sweet spice and fruit, with just a bit of 'bite', and definitely more kick than the normal tipple. While I still prefer the Madeira Cask finished as my whisky for special occasions, this is definitely one I will not feel bad about drinking! ;)
17th February 2015
The best whisky I have yet tasted. Fantastic!
9th April 2014
As much as I love the Solera, and I really do, I find it to be underpowered. 40% seems like an arbitration made with economic consideration. The Distillery ed overshoots the ideal, bottled at 51% (I would prefer it between 43-46%), but its a step in the right direction. If you like the Solera reserve but want more of a kick to it, don't miss out on the Distillery ed.
7th March 2014
I thought I'd go a little extra because I really liked the Glenfiddich 15, but this was much harsher. I'm not an experienced whisky taster and I do need to spend more time with this bottle, but my initial impression was disappointing. To put it short, it started of sweet, but the end was hard to fathom, being peppery, burning, but still holding the sweet vanilla taste associated with Glenfiddich. I normally like stronger non chill filtered Malt's, such as Laphroaig's Quarter Cask, but I didn't enjoy this as much. Even though it was interesting, I wish I had bought something else with my money, as there is much nicer out there for the cost. However I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate it's unique taste.
17th December 2013
I'm looking for reviews of the whisky.......less bitching, please!
4th November 2013
Bit of a girl aren't you? tumtum? really.
15th October 2013
I found this exploded in my tummy and my insides sprayed everywhere. Good dram though..until my tumtum went bang
24th September 2013
I found that the bottle I bought had a foamy head akin to lager and tasted a bit nasty. Notes of burnt toast and bat guano , with a subtle but not overpowering taste of day old vomitus. Another splendid offering from Glenfiddich.
16th June 2013
My very first bottle was Caol Ila. My second was Talisker, my third was lagavulin, and it continued along that peaty path. Then i bought this and realized that scotch didnt have to be an excercise in your palate, as much as i love a good Islay malt, sometimes you dont want to have to think on your whisky, and here you can just savor the smooth fruity sweet and pleasant dram that will NOT let you know that its such a high alcohol content. It has everything you could ask for except a slightly short finish, but it may be because it keeps you drooling too hard.
19th April 2013
For Ivan Miliev
19th January 2013
Splendid malt! An explosion of flavour - but still manages to retain a complex evolution of flavours and development of notes. The nose is intoxicating with it's rich fruit and strength promising a full bodied powerful taste; the high strength is perfect, what could be overwhelming with so many notes and hints is grounded in rich christmas cake and dark baked figs, to which pepper, slight vanilla and creamy toffee underlie. The finish expands upon the figs with pleasant sweetness and a very slight sour taste which is prevalent in the 12 year old expression. This is far and away one of the best malts I have tried and Glenfiddich have outdone themselves, don't be put off by the brand, Glenfiddich are amongst the best distiller's. I shall be picking up another bottle if I can - close to perfection.
2nd January 2013
This is a good Scotch, but I didn't like it as much as the 15 Solera I had at a bar a few weeks ago. It has a nice aroma but is a little hot to the taste, and the flavor I thought nothing special. I'll give it the same rating I give most decent Speyside whisky. Karl
2nd October 2012
Hard to fathom. Nose, taste, and finish blend into one creating a rich explosion of Almond, Vanilla, and cinnamon, cream and charred oak. An sublime dram, which is underpriced.
14th May 2011