Glenfiddich 14 YO – Rich Oak

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and malty. At first there’s a heavy vanilla and honey sweetness sitting on top of baked red apples and malt. A mild oakiness floats around out on the edges. It comes with some baking spices, and it’s mainly cinnamon. After a while in the glass the whole seems to merge together and it becomes more balanced and the fruitiness becomes a bit fresher with some yellow pears added. The oakiness becomes more noticable over time. This is a nice nose which doesn’t feel flat or too mild even though it only has a low ABV to back it up.

Mouth: It starts out a bit flat with a slight astringency and a clear cut oakiness coating the palate. In the center it’s malty and sweet and the age shines through. There’s a black coffee bitterness spreading out slowly but steadily as well. The whole is not as fruity as on the nose and the main focus lies on the oak. Tofee and oak spices do take over for those who decides to wait around for them.

Finish: There’s no spikes during the transition and the toffee and oak mix continue to dominate the palate. It still has a lot of oak spices floating around and the bitterness, albeit a bit subdued, is clinging on in the back. The fruitiness is very dull and doesn’t contribute much to the whole at this point. The oakiness is slightly nutty but it takes up too much space from the start. This is a decent whisky which has too much oak influence and low ABV, which makes it unbalanced in taste and in sensation. It does deliver what the name implies though.

Additional information
The Glenfiddich 14 Rich Oak was released in 2010. It has first been matured for 14 years in american ex-bourbon barrels, then finished for 12 weeks in new European oak and six weeks in new American oak.


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