Review: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

Those that decide to explore the world of Single Malt Scotch whisky tend to start with one of three distilleries: Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, or Macallan. For our first review, it only felt appropriate to do the same, so we’ve decided to revisit Glenfiddich 12 Year Old. How has this classic, entry level Speyside Scotch whisky held up?

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Specifications:

  • Spirit: Scotch.
  • Type: Single Malt.
  • Region: Speyside.
  • Age: 12 Years Old.
  • ABV: 40% (80 Proof).
  • Cask: Matured in ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry casks.
  • NCF (Non-Chill Filtered)? No.
  • Natural Color? No.
  • Price: $36.99 for 750 ml.

Elias’ Notes:

  • Color: Gold/Amber.
  • Nose: Pears, green apples, citrus, vanilla, oak, honey, floral, hint of sherry, grapes, golden raisins.
  • Palate: Crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Tart/bittersweet. Pears, green apples, oak, honey, vanilla, floral, pepper, sherry, golden raisins.
  • Finish: Short-medium length. Dry. Pears, sour apples, citrus, oak, honey, vanilla, baking spices, pepper.

I’m revisiting Glenfiddich 12 Year Old for the first time since I started drinking Scotch and I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. I’m picking up on more notes than I did when I first tried it years ago. It’s amazing how a refined palate can change ones perspective – it’s got me interested in re-visiting other entry level bottles to see how they’ve held up.

My only complaint about Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is that the ABV is too low, which causes it to come across as a bit muted. It’s primarily a pear, apple, and oak bomb, and you have to work hard to pick up on the additional flavors noted above. A higher bottling proof could help those notes shine brighter and give the whisky greater depth and complexity.

Elias’ Rating: 80/100

Jayson’s Notes:

  • Color: Amber.
  • Nose: Fruit forward, clementine, floral, herbal.
  • Palate: Light. More fruit, pear, malt, a bit oily.
  • Finish: Short, sweet. Fruit, faint vanilla, very little pepper.

This is a well-balanced, classic, soft Speyside. It’s fruity and creamy, making for a great summer pour. Better than the average entry level single malt. I don’t recommend adding water to it.

Jayson’s Rating: 77/100

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