“In 1963 Glenfiddich launched a single malt whisky and sold it outside of Scotland, a highly unusual move considering that the whisky world at the time really only knew of blended Scotch, not single malts.
Created by malt master Brian Kinsman, who nosed and tasted the original liquid and followed the original recipe. Kinsman said, “Glenfiddich has an unrivalled collection of rare and aged single malts from which we can draw on to create innovative whiskies. Using this collection we were able to replicate the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt. Glenfiddich The Original is a true taste of history.”
n: aromas of nicely roasted malt, springtime, pear skins, heather (floral). Soft spice and toasted wood with a subtle coal fire smoke note.
t: toasted prunes on a grill, soft and oaky with a savoury aspect from the peat smoke. Fresh hay, light olive oil and dried banana note. The slight smoke adds to the complexity. Lightly sweet, easy to drink whisky, the nose is the best aspect of this. [B-.]
My feelings about this overlap with my sentiments for Glenfiddich 12. This is a nice little malt with a hint of funk to it that reminds me of dusty blends from the 50s. I don't know that I would've thought that blind, but nevertheless, I like-it-but-don't-love-it.
Interestingly, I attended the launch event for this brand in 2014, and it was a pretty cool shindig... but I remember staying pretty quiet all night about the whisky itself, since I didn't particularly like it. I don't know if my palate has changed (now June 2020), the actual vatting/flavors have chaged, or what. But the difference is one of the things that keeps whisky fun and interesting.