Review: Glenfiddich 12 Years Old Sherry Cask Finish

Review: Glenfiddich 12 Years Old Sherry Cask Finish

Recently, Glenfiddich launched a curious special edition — a 12 year old single malt finished in Amontillado sherry casks after initial aging in both American and French oak. While single malt Scotch finished in Amontillado is virtually unheard of, here’s the weirdest part of the release: It’s available only in California and Florida. The rest of you will need to find it online, I suppose.

I certainly can’t complain about the results.

The whisky offers a familiar nose that Glenfiddich fans will recognize right away: A sharp layer of sherry-driven citrus atop a sweet cereal core, evoking graham crackers, nougat, and a light hand of wood. Just a hint of tea here, giving the whisky a light floral note. The palate has just as much brightness, showcasing chewy almond notes, a fun lemon curd character, and a lushly sweet breakfast cereal character. Citrus and oxidized wine notes are present but are relatively restrained — Amontillado is considered “lighter” than the more typically used oloroso sherry in style — keeping the sometimes overpowering quality driven by sherry finishing in check. The results here are so impressive that there’s a case to be made for Amontillado becoming the standard go-to cask type for sherry finishing… but nobody seems to make much Amontillado, so that’s probably never going to happen.

But I digress. Returning to the experience at hand, one finds a finish that is moderate in length but which showcases everything that’s come before, plus a lightly grassy note that lingers on the denouement. It’s soft and approachable — never at all overbearing — showing notes of sweet sherry, gentle cereal, moderated wood, and sprinkles of all kinds of spice. All told, this drinks well above its $55 asking price… but that’s assuming you can actually find a bottle.

86 proof.

A- / $55 / glenfiddich.com [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Glenfiddich 12 Years Old Sherry Cask Finish

$55
9

Rating

9.0/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

2 Comments

  1. Paul M. on July 8, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Went to my local beverage store today way out in the back end of nowhere Texas, and lo and behold they had 5 or 6 bottles of this whisky on the shelf. I brought one home and agree that it’s pretty good stuff. It’s not a sherry bomb by any means, with the overall character still weighted in the direction of being matured in ex-bourbon and European oak but it’s definitely more flavorful than their standard 12 year old. The slight bump in proof doesn’t hurt either – at cask strength, this might be pretty amazing. Kudos to Glenfiddich for bringing this to market!

  2. Doug on December 31, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Just got back to Canada after a trip to Florida where I purchased this beauty on sale for $40 US. Seeing it is so rare, should I even dare to crack it and have a sip? Just kidding, of course I will one day!

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