Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve
Added on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 01:45 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $50 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Nose of eucalyptus and the oil I got rubbed with at my last massage at the Four Seasons.  Palate has mild fullness, some sherry-like components dominate.  Finish lingers moderately, more of the same.  A mouth-filling and mild whisky, not great not bad.  C

Retaste: Great caramel nose.  Fiddich gets a bad rap, but this is tasty, well-rounded, and yes, designed to be inoffensive.  Well, I'm not offended and I pretty much like it.  B-
N: Nothing....wait, nothing.
P: Oily and organic, fleeting malty taste.   Very delicate or tasteless?  I think tasteless.
F: Velvety and mouth coating, the only positive note. 
Nice sweets added to the basic 12 year.  A notch above and better but still on the entry level side of whisky. 

n: pool water


p:  Decent but a bit thin.  I taste it but what is it.  It's scotch and it's ok.


Nose:  It's nice, subtle but has some stuff going on here - little vanilla, cinnamon, some apple, raisins, creme brulee (spelling?) little sherry perhaps?

Palate:  Hoo doggy - this thing just sort of fell apart.  I found the nose shy but inviting, but there isn't much on the palate.  It's sweet, light cinnamon burn and that's all she wrote.

Finish:  More of the same as on the palate.  Except even less. Light and fleeting - leaves a bittersweet chocolate touch but nothing remarkable.


I'm giving this a C+ because I really enjoyed the light complexity of the nose.  If that nose wasn't there it would be a solid C/C-.  It's not great whisky but it's certainly not bad whisky, it's stuck right in the middle.  It's a little generic except for that nose - if the palate and finish were anything like the nose, for me, it would get a much higher rating.  Worth a try, but not a must buy.


N: Nutty and spicy with sweet cherries. 

P: Grapes and apples

F: Bitter black licorice


n: oaky and cohesive spice and leather. Lightly fruity (mostly dried pears and golden raisins) with butterscotch and unsalted nuts. Vanilla wafers.


t: cereal malt with a nice oak influence. Spice bite (dry cinnamon and dry clove) and vanilla appear in the middle. Subtle but not bland. Finish is the lacking facet; semi-sweet, green apple, spicy pears, and dry nutmeg. Falls apart quickly at finish. 


[B/B-, better than Glenlivet 15 side by side]


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