Color: Golden Amber
Nose: Oak, Oranges, Smoke, Sherry
Taste: Sherried Oak, Almond, Orange peel, Sweet Caramel and Vanilla
Finish: Long smooth finish with spice and fruit, perfectly balanced with a slight burn
Score: Rick- 9.0/10.0
Overall – 8.5/10.0
This is now one of Rick and I’s favorite Scotches. Rick and my wife bought it for me for my birthday last year. We had originally went there to get a bottle of bourbon, but I happened to turn and saw a lone bottle of Glenfiddich sitting on the shelf. I had already had the Glenfiddich 12 at this point so i was keen to try the 15. What we took home was amazing.
I failed to mention this in my last review, but I have developed a curious way of adding water to my scotch. I add 2 mL of water using a hypodermic syringe. I don’t add it slowly though, instead I add it with force, to Rick and I this is the way to really open the nose of scotch. . I have added it slowly, but it doesn’t really seem to work as good as my method.
The nose is absolutely sublime. It is the most aromatic of any Scotch that I have had to date. It is sherry, oranges, sherry, and just the slightest smoke. I got all that on the first whiff. AMAZING! Rick and I spent a good 10-15 minutes just enjoying the aroma.
The first sip feels thick in the mouth. It is sherried oak, with hints of nuts like almonds, citrus from orange peels, and sweet caramel and vanilla. the flavors never clash or overpower they just nestle together on the tongue singing in sweet harmony. Even after two or three drams the flavor never losses its edge.
The finish is long and sweet with the mellowest of burns. I could taste the fruit, and spice all the way down.
Rick and I only disagreed on one point. He thought it was better than a certain 21-year-old Speyside, while I thought it was more comparable to the 18-year-old of that particular Speyside. We don’t always agree, but we do agree that this is a good bottle to always have ready to pour for a friend. I plan on keeping a couple of these in my cabinet.
Until Next Time,