The Tweeddale blend batch 3 – 12 year old
Colouring free. Non-chill filtered
£36.63 from TheWhiskyBarrel
It is my understanding that the grain whisky in this blend is 18 years old. With the malts on the whole 15 years old, with the youngest at 12 years old.
Gentle wisps of bonfire smoke. Creamy vanilla custard. Sweet grass. A little sherried fruits hiding about. Also some light crisp apple in the background. With time in the glass fruity lemon citrus notes come forward. Creamy vanilla fully in command with a fade to the smokey tinge. It’s a lovely complex nose, glorious.
Creamy. Then pepper. Biscuity malt flies in. Creamy vanilla overtakes. Smooth custard stays with some sweetness of the grain coming through. A nice level of wood spice is present throughout. Very excellent balance to the palate overall.
Medium to long. Creamy, light, drying with some oak spices. Lashings of creamy vanilla custard with a dash of toffee. Some light milky chocolate remains. Some time later the creamy oak spices are still on my palate. Lush.
A dash added to my half dram. The nose exhibits more varied oak spices. Pepper. Still with the intensely creamy vanilla and honey. There are more green fruits in the aroma. The palate is less peppery, has more creamy fruit (apple pie with custard), and a greater smoothness. The finish is even creamier and mellow.
I could describe this as complex, intriguing, requiring some serious time and investigation. Just the same as I could describe this as easy going, so smooth, moreish and easy drinking! Either way It’s a beautiful dram, which you can explore or just enjoy. High scorer with large enjoyment factor.
Glenlivet 15 French Oak
£37.24 at MasterOfMalt
Very sweet. Rich and creamy. Tutti fruiti. Buckets of Vanilla and Honey. A little citrus grapefruit in the background, but the sweetness does tend to overwhelm the hidden complexities.
Sweet. Caramel. Honey. Some citrus. A little aged oak tannins coming through mid development. Chewy. Very creamy and easy to drink.
Sweet. Honey. A little grapefruit peel. Some drying oak spice at the finale.
A small drop added. There is a little more citrus (specifically grapefruit) in the nose. The sweetness has subsided a little. More oak tannins are evident. Some floral aromas are also present. On the palate more complexity is revealed, with softer fruits coming to the forefront. More aged oak, whilst retaining its creamy sweet profile. The finish is creamy, warm and quite luxurious. This dram definitely benefits from a drop of water.
This is a very nice session dram. One which I would enjoy on any night. It’s a quality, well constructed whisky.
Glenfiddich 15 Solera
£32.92 at MasterOfMalt
It’s ‘tasty’ on the nose. Nicely sherried. Rum soaked raisins. A quality Christmas cake. Baked oranges. Cinnamon spiced. A little dark chocolate in the background.
Surprisingly oily on the mouthfeel despite its 40% ABV and therefore chill filtration. Sweet and easy drinking…oh so easy drinking! Sherried fruits. Oranges. Toffee. Fruitcake in abundance. Christmas spices.
Medium length finish. Warming. Sweet rich fruit stays for a good while. A little salt. Dark (slightly bitter) chocolate oak at the very end.
I’m only adding the slightest drop. The tiniest drop of water has had quite the dramatic effect on the nose. The intensity of the aromas have increased quite a bit. The fruitcake has intensified, and in addition to the original undiluted nose we have a little added oak influence. The palate reflects this also, becoming somewhat tastier (if that were possible), albeit a little lighter in mouthfeel. More oak tannins coming forth in the development. The finish remains sweet, fruity and moreish as ever.
It’s bloody lovely. So easy to sip on and moreish, which results in an empty glass too quickly (not a bad thing as long as you can pace yourself!). It is without a doubt my favourite of the Glenfiddich range that I have tried so far. Easy, accessible, beautiful, joy.