We’ve covered over a dozen Glenfiddich releases — both mainline and special editions — but one we’ve somehow never formally reviewed is likely its biggest seller: Glenfiddich 12 Years Old. Aged in mix of bourbon and sherry casks, it’s designed for sipping straight, mixing, or giving as an affordable but much appreciated gift.
So, how’s it taste?
Well, there’s a reason this is one of the best-selling single malts in the world, as it hits all of the highlights of Speyside at a great price. The nose has a surprising intensity — malty and heavy with cereal, but also quite fruity, with notes of applesauce and lemon. The palate offers tastes of toasted bread, sesame seeds, and more of that lemon character, which lingers for some time. On the finish: caramel sauce, hints of chocolate and Andes mints all find a way onto the conclusion.
There’s no way around it: Glenfiddich 12 is simply a solid everyday whisky that hits all the top notes. It’s not full of surprises, but for just a couple of bucks a dram, what are you expecting?