Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak

Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:
Rating:
Glenfiddich 14 year old Rich Oak
Single malt

Score:
74/100
ABV:
40%
Region:
Speyside, Scotland
Body:
Medium-light
Intensity:
Light
Texture:
Light-medium
Balance:
Good
Best served:
Cask:
Neat
Ex-bourbon (14 years) + new European oak (12 weeks) + new American oak (6 weeks)

Theme(s):
Soft sugars radiate with notes of oak, but it becomes abundantly clear that there is a vibrancy and energy seriously lacking in this whisky.

Tasting notes:

Glenfiddich have produced some praiseworthy expressions lately, and the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old and 30 Year Old deserve a special mention. IOn my blind tasting of it, the Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak appeared to go against that trend, and offered a boring, almost yawn inspiring, performance. My reaction to this whisky was one of disappointment, but it is still good and dependable. 

Nose: Dull oak driven surges of rusty barrels strike with mild vanilla and delicate hints of raisins preserved in alcohol. Uninteresting and uninviting, this whisky has a lethargic nose tainted with some new spirit.

Taste: Like the nose, this seems uninteresting. There is an oak driven sweetness than dominates, as its sugars beam and outshine everything else. I have not tasted a whisky this skewed for a quite some time.

Finish: What finish? The character on the palate recedes as soon as it comes.

Dislikes:
Weak, boring and lethargic. There are other whiskies on the market within this price bracket offering a more interesting show.  

Price:
£36 (UK), $90 (Aus)

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