Glenfiddich 15 Solera (40%, OB 2014)

This is from a litre bottle bought in 2014, but opened just recently. Glenfiddich have since changed the bottle and label design, but the liquid has stayed the same. I suppose this is especially true of this 15 year-old because of its relatively unique (for Scotch whisky) use of the Solera vat, where whisky from three different types of casks (bourbon, sherry and virgin oak) is married together. The vat is never less than half-full, so in theory at least quality remains consistent.

Nose: The Glenfiddich signature is there, but it’s richer and deeper than in the 12. The apples and pears are now baked, and are complemented by more spices – mainly cinnamon, which reminds me of all sorts of desserts. It feels more indulgent than the 12 for sure.

Palate: Cinnamon, honey, some bitter oak, baked apples again (have I been playing too much Breath of the Wild?), stewed fruit. The sherry has made its presence felt, in other words.

Finish: Ends on a dry note, but initially continues along the same lines. Stewed fruit dusted with cinnamon and honey.

Comments: If this had been bottled at a higher strength, it would comfortably be towards the high 80s in my opinion. As it is, it’s still a good example of a lightly sherried malt. I always like to recommend this along with the Balvenie 12 Doublewood and the Glengoyne 12 as ideal affordable examples of a sweet, honeyed and fruity style. It’s also by far the best value for money 15 year-old whisky alongside the Dalwhinnie 15.

Score: 83/100

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