Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrles: Ex-Bourbon refill and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: William Grant & Sons
Average price: € 30.00
Official website: www.glenfiddich.com
Founded by William Grant in 1886 (but the first distillation took place on Christmas Day the following year), Glenfiddich is situated in the village of Dufftown and has always been run by the Grant family, which also controls The Balvenie (1892) and Kininvie (1990). This is more unique than rare in Scotland, where transfers of ownership of distilleries are widespread. This stability has evidently brought good results, because over time Glenfiddich has established itself as one of the most productive (14 million litres per year) and successful distilleries not only in Scotland (the best-selling single malt in the world between 2010 and 2013 and between 2015 and 2017). Another detail that should not be overlooked is the far-sightedness of the choice: Glenfiddich was the first distillery to open a visitor centre, with a series of tours aimed at enthusiasts.
Its 28 stills are small and the resulting whisky tends to be light-bodied and fruity.
The current core range lines up a 12yo, the subject of today’s review, a 15yo, an 18yo and a 21yo. A number of special limited edition bottlings are of course also available.
Offered at the canonical 40% ABV in the famous triangular bottle and readily available in supermarkets, the Glenfiddich 12yo was matured in a mix of ex-Bourbon refill casks, i.e. already filled with whisky at least once, and ex-Sherry (for 10%).
The colour is a warm gold.
As we bring the glass closer to the nose, we are greeted by an intoxicating fragrance of pear, with a faint impression of vanilla in the background, just a touch of lemon zest that tingles, a hint of walnut and a note of resin that makes us think of a walk in the pine forest. It is an aroma that communicates a pleasant sensation of freshness and invites us to linger no longer.
On the palate, the alcoholic note is fortunately not felt at all. The fragrance of pear still dominates the scene, while walnut and lemon zest remain as shy companions.
The finish is not very short, but it is a little monotonous, always pear.
A pleasant but rather basic whisky, whose ease of drinking probably explains its wide public acceptance. It still seemed to us much better than the Glenlivet 12yo, to stay in Speyside and in the same price range.
The Whiskey Jug