The Glenfiddich 15 year old is, for me, the best value for money whisky in the entire Glenfiddich range. Whilst not as aged as the 18 year old, it is superior in terms of the punch it packs for the price.
This 15 year old is matured in three different types of oak: sherry, bourbon and fresh. Read on to my comments on the balance of this whisky – perhaps this method contributes to its wonderful flavor balance. It is then married into a Solera vat which remains half-full at all times, according to the Glenfiddich website.
To nose there is a definite pear flavor, as well as that of malt and what seems to be a fairly generic floral scent. The body of the whisky is about medium and quite satisfying.
The one word I would use to describe the taste of the Glenfiddich 15 year old is balanced. It has elements of honey, dried fruits, vanilla and mild smokeyness and spice, but not much of an oak flavor for its age. Each of the elements of the flavor are about equal, which makes for a very enjoyable drink. Some people might claim that the Glenfiddich 15 year old doesn’t stand out as a result, but I think something can be great without having to tug on your sleeve with standout flavors. The finish of the whisky is reasonably hot and a little bitter, and the one aspect of this whisky that I am a little disappointed with.
In essence, the Glenfiddich 15 year old is a great classical Speyside whisky with its fruity flavors and slight spice and smoke. I would recommend most people to skip the 12 year old and go straight for the 15 when trying to Glenfiddich range. For a 15 year old whisky, it is very affordable.
Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Information
- Style: 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky
- Region: Speyside, Scotland
- ABV: 40%
- Price estimate: 35 British Pounds.
Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Whisky Score: 8/10