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The new vintage from Glenfiddich

 2 Oct 2008  

Glenfiddich re­cently released their new "Vintage Reserve". It's a single cask bottling of a refill Oloroso cask. You can read more about it and how the cask was selected here. I thought it would be in­ter­est­ing to compare it to the 30 y.o. so I did a head-to-head tast­ing:

Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve 1977 31 y.o. 54.1%:
Complex, "venerable" and rather nice nose with notes of oak, leather, cinnamon and citrus fruits. The palate is oaky and spicy at first but de­velops very nice notes of gin­ger­bread, dried fruits and vanilla. (89 p)

Glenfiddich 30 y.o. 40%:
Very nice nose with vanilla and lovely fruity notes. Farly rich palate, complex with notes of gin­ger­bread and dark chocolate, also fairly oaky and spicy. (90 p)

The 1977 is drier and less fruity than I expected from a sherry cask. It's also rather oaky, but all in all nicely bal­anced. The 30 y.o. is only a year younger but tastes fresher and has more character. It's today's winner! I had forgotten how good it is...

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