Up to bat tonight is a review of the Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Whisky. As some of you may notice, most of the whiskies I like are ones that tend to be on the sweeter side of the whisky spectrum. So when I went hunting for a bottle of whisky that had touches of honey in it, this bottle of Glenfiddich kept on popping up in recommendations.
What’s special about this bottle is that it’s aged in three different casks. European, American Bourbon & New American Oak casks. Then when it’s almost time to bottle, it’s mellowed in a Solera pine vat which is never emptied. Old and new batches are blended but they only take half of the vat for bottling, ensuring the batches pass on the same flavour profile. Yum!
On to the tasting notes!
Type: Single Malt Scotch
Presentation: Neat in a Canadian Glencairn glass that was left to sit for about 15 minutes. Sipped on it while drafting up this blog post.
Appearance & Colour: Gold & amber.
Nose: Surprisingly the nose didn’t open up much over the course of drinking this dram. Up close it had a sweet scent that I couldn’t nail down. But with it beside me, I can smell wafts of fruit-flavored hard candy. 13/25
Palate: When you take a sip, the 40% ABV makes this dram very friendly to the lips. No sign of alcohol. It’s very thin and watery, which in this case is nice because the nice candy sweetness nicely lingers on the tongue. So much so that you almost don’t want to swallow. There’s definitely no numbing of the tastebuds upon first sip with this one. 20/25
Finish: Once you do take it in, you get a gentle thrush of cinnamon-like warmth. Funny though, there was this peanutty aftertaste that was very similar to the Jim Beam “funk” aftertaste that many bourbon drinkers notice. I didn’t mind it, but it felt out of place. The low ABV doesn’t let that warmth linger too long. Usually I yearn for a higher ABV, but for this one, it’s actually nice. 20/25
This drink is for when you just want to chill out and not want to have to contemplate what you’re drinking. Unlike higher ABV whiskies that force you to tentatively sip your glass. This one is pretty welcoming, inviting and makes you want to take your next sip. One after another. It’s pleasant. I could see myself finishing half a bottle with a friend over conversation without even noticing it. It’s that pleasant. All in all, it’s a great drink. The only part that was disappointing was the nose. But when you consider the sum of all its parts, it’s hard not to like this scotch. For some, the low ABV is a deal-killer. And usually for me, it’s an issue. For some reason with the Glenfiddich Solera, it’s not a big deal. Once this bottle is gone, I’m going right to the store to get another one. 21/25
Buy? Try? Or Avoid?: Try!