Review: Glenfiddich Single Malt 12-Year Old Scotch

One of the things I want to do with this blog is to write about my journey in exploring various whiskies and scotches. One of the whiskies I just finished is one of the world’s best selling, the Glenfiddich Single Malt 12-Year Old Scotch.

I bought the 375ml bottle because I was not sure how I would like the taste, and I have read and received advice that this is a good whisky to begin your journey. I would wholeheartedly agree with it.

Glenfiddich comes from the Speyside region of Scotland. The bottle I bought can be purchased at the LCBO for under $40, so the price point is really good. Initially, the scent hit me hard because I thought it was strong. I hate to admit that my barometer for taste is if alcohol burns as it goes down. This burned a little bit but not enough to be scared to go back and try it again. It is nice to have a hint of a kick. I usually paired this drink with chocolate, and I found the combination worked well.

Here is how the nose, palate and finish can be described from the Whisky Exchange:

Nose: Distinctively fresh and fruity with a hint of pear. Beautifully crafted and delicately balanced

Palate: Characteristic sweet, fruity notes. Develops into butterscotch, cream, malt and subtle oak flavours

Finish: A long smooth and mellow finish 

For those, like me, who are curious and want to try and learn more, you really cannot go wrong with this drink. I am glad that I was able to try this and had it in my collection. In a pinch, this is a great addition to a whisky tasting or to serve with friends. I think this bottle, specifically, would get lost in a collection that had older Glenfiddiches and other Speyside whiskies. Still a worthy bottle to add to the collection, so pick it up when you can.

(Photo courtesy of LCBO)

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