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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Glenfiddich 15 y/o

Glenfiddich 15 y/o: Tasting Notes

I am enamored by all Scotch from the Glenfiddich family. So I am probably biased in this review. This whisky is aged in European, American and New American oak casks and is then mellowed in a Solera Vat and in Portuguese oak tuns.

The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 40%.


Color: A very nice, rich red-amber. When you swirl it in your glass, it leaves noticeable legs ... a discernible footprint. It clings for a time to let you know it has traveled along the vessel holding this fine dram.

Nose: You know it is there. It seems bolder than the 40% ABV would imply. The aromas include: oak, almost imperceptible mild peat/smoke, cinnamon with slight hint of chocolate. Much more complex than The Macallan 15 y/o I just sampled. This is a good thing.

First taste: Medium to full -bodied, firm, warming, cinnamon, hints of oaky-vanilla. There is a sweetness there that tells your taste buds to enjoy.

Finish: Fairly long lasting. Firm but so very smooth. The warmth continues as does the sensations of the first tasting.

Add a wee bit of water.

Color: Still nicely amber..

Nose: Wow! A very small amount of water opens this whisky like no other I’ve recently had. All the aromas are still there…but bolder. The chocolate comes out nicely

Flavor: Wow #2! It is incredible what a small drop of water can do. All is as before, but bolder and more evident.

Finish: Excellent. The finish is all flavor that does not diminish from the first taste. A bit bolder, complex and satisfying, a sensory experience worth having!

This dram almost begs for that drop of water…and I do not say this about many whiskies. When neat, it is a very fine whisky….when combined with a teardrop of moisture, it is sublime!

Buy a bottle? Yes! Buy a case! Is it Worth a try at your favorite pub as well? Definitely!

MainosMusings Rating? 5/5M's!!    MMMMMs

The Macallan 15 y/o Fine Oak

Let me just say this up front. In my opinion, The Macallan whiskies are overpriced and over-hyped. There are whispers within the whisky-I-net world that they even withheld product to drive up the demand and the price. Their advertising may push quality that is there, but maybe not at the level this House of Scotch would have you believe.

Now having said all of that, The Macallan serves a fine whisky. It is a whisky that should be one of the first non-whisky drinkers should try. The 15 y/o rests in both sherry and bourbon seasoned oak casks. An overall fine dram.

The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 43% ...right in the range I like it to be.


Color: Light gold, straw-like.  When you swirl it in your nosing glass, it leaves a slight footprint. It clings but for a short time.

Nose: Mild. The aromas include cinnamon, vanilla, with some floral hints.

First taste: Medium-bodied, firm, warming, cinnamon, hints of rose and vanilla

Finish: Medium-lasting, smooth. Mild warmth continues

Add a wee bit of water.

Color: No change. Thins very so slightly.

Nose: Opens up ever so slightly.

Flavor: Did not notice a huge difference. The cinnamon and especially the vanilla became more evident.

Finish: No surprises here. A good whisky. Buy a bottle? Perhaps not. Worth a try at your favorite pub? Definitely!

MainosMusings Rating? 4/5M's!!    MMMMs