I think it’s fair to say that if you’re a whisky drinker and even if you’re not, you’ve probably had a glenfiddich at some point of your life. Owned by Grants & Sons, Glenfiddich is a powerhouse in the whisky industry and is many a drinker’s ‘go-to whisky’. Most people would have had the 12, some the 15 and 18 and few the 21, 26 or 30. The great thing about the Glenfiddich 18 is that it is available in nearly all liquor stores/off licenses and in most bars. It’s not expensive compared to other 18 year olds. It’s made in vatted in small batches giving each batch it’s own unique qualities too.
On the Nose, this 18 is amazingly fruity. Rich in citrus peel, baked apples drizzled with caramel, vanilla, fragrant frangipani and then woody notes from the oak. A decent nose, I must admit. On the Palate, more surprises. Candied tropical fruits, dried apricots and a hint of pear are first to tantalize the taste buds. Then rich caramel, soft toffee and ginger mixes with oaken spice lead to dryness akin to a dry sherry. The Finish is surprising long too. It keeps is warmth from the woody spice and the toffee comes back to soften the edges.
Enjoyable. Seriously. And if you’re on a seriously low budget but want something a little more complex, I definitely recommend this one.