Glenfiddich 12 yo


One of my friends and former roommates simply loves Glenfiddich. I started it on his recommendation and liked it because it was easy to drink the 12yo. This and the Glenlivet, were our regular drinks 2-3 years back. May be familiarity bred contempt, I got bored of it. It has been a long while since I had the glenfiddich 12 yo.

Notes — Sweet with hints of vanilla and a dry woody finish. Bland.


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3 Responses to “Glenfiddich 12 yo”

  1. Mickey Says:

    Hi Alan, I do share the same opinion to some extent. Here’s the review I recently wrot on my website about Glenfiddich 12yo.

    Appearance: Used to be a screw top & now comes with a cork top. I don’t see a real reason for this because cork tops are usually more expensive.
    Alcohol: Bottled at 40%
    Country / Region: Scotland / Highlands
    Color: Light amber colored whisky Ideal for those just starting to get acquainted with single malt Scotch.
    Nose: Nice , soft , gentle and unassuming, a bit of floral grape / muscatel, touch of chardonnay without getting too winey. A hint of vanilla, green vanilla that is, soft green apple & green gage.
    Taste: After adding a wee bit of water before tasting, bitter sweet, grapy barley, mixed citrus, a touch of peat, soft woods, mainly cedar, gentle background spices.
    Finish: Slight metallic note but nothing to be too concerned with.
    Score: 83/100
    The Glenfiddich is a readily available single malt scotch likely to cross your path when you go into the liquor store. It’s one of the best selling single malts in the world, it won’t knock you over in any way, it will simply leave you with a gentle hug. This whisky is ideal for those who are just starting to get to know whisky simply because it’s a good single malt scotch whisky that is easily accessible in liquor stores.


  2. Alan Smithee Says:

    How do you score a whisky? Do you have an ideal 100 point whisky in mind and compare other malts to that?

  3. Mickey Says:

    Good question. That’s the idea however. Whisky tasting is very subjective of course. While some share the same tastes, others do not. When rating a whisky I use my favorite (100) as a proxy. I think its also important to compare apples to apples as much as possible. For example when tasting a 12 YO, I will compare it to my favorite 12yo. Age is just one benchmark. I like to use at least 2 or three more commonalities like the region & distillation process i.e don’t compate Islays with Speysides etc.. you get the idea. My buddy Derek recently posted an article on how to rate a whisky that discusses these points on our website. THere’s a link to it on our home page at if you like.

    Happy tasting.


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