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Glenfiddich 18
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Glenlivet 18
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which do you prefer and why?

Postby killerwhale » Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:45 am

just curious.... which whisky do you like better and why?
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Postby ScotchPalate » Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:10 pm

This is a tough one. I enjoy both. Both have a noticeable malt presence. The Glenlivet has some spice to it, not too much mind you, some sherry. It is worth buying. I prefer sherryish flavor of the Glenfiddich and some of the more complex flavors like green apples, cinnamon-nutmeg, and a whiff (just a tiny whiff) of smoke. If you are asking which to buy, the answer is definately both. Pick one and buy, and later on go buy the other. I think it's be nice to have the choice of these two in your cabinet.
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Postby lexvo » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:47 pm

Yes, tough one. I prefer the Glenfiddich by a small margin. The Glenlivit is a nice whisky but - for me - sometimes lacks some depth. I would rate the Glenlivet 81 and the Glenfiddich 83.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:49 pm

This is a really tough call. Both whiskies are similar, with fruity grapes, melons and, perhaps, apples; chocolate, malt, and some vanilla. I'm not sure I get much sherry on either of them. I tend not to be good at picking sherry - especially in whiskies that mix sherry and American wood. But to my mind, Glenfiddich Solera Reserve has a more pronounced sherry feel and older Glenlivets are more sherried.

I confess that I tend to associate Glenlivet 18 with BMI airport lounges, so I am used to trying it in sub-optimal conditions. But nevertheless, the quality shines through. On the other hand, I have enjoyed a bottle of the Glenfiddich at home from a Glencairn glass. This makes comparison even harder.

I'd put both of these on a par, but I'd say that Glenlivet as a whisky has more in the tank - other expressions far exceed the 18yo - whereas Glenfiddich is getting about as good as it gets at the 18yo.

I must also declare some interest as I have received extraordinary hospitality at both distilleries during Spirit of Speyside festivals.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:15 pm

Glenfiddich always for me if I only have a choice between the 2... I find both quite different actually ..... and the difference is in the sweet taste ... both are equally sweet but there seems to be something in the Glenlivet that I don't go mad about ???
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Postby Matt2 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:44 pm

I would have the Glenlivet after a light citrus dessert and then follow up with the Glenfiddich and a coffee later in the evening.

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Postby Ganga » Wed Jun 13, 2007 4:17 am

Neither is among my favorites. But given the choice between the two I would take the Glenfiddich 18 (not the Reserva).
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Postby killerwhale » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:00 am

very close poll.... thanks for input!
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Postby bamber » Wed Jun 13, 2007 10:52 am

Think both are great .... The 'Livet, but the 'Fiddich is great too.

The 'Livet is just at tad less cloying for me. Fresher, easier to drink.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:08 am

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:I find both quite different actually ..... and the difference is in the sweet taste ...

They probably are - I've never had the luxury of tasting them one after the other or even in similar conditions. Just trying to go on memory.
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Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:41 pm

I've owned both , as gifts. the Glenlevit 18 I remember as not being very willing to give up its secrets, whereas the Genfiddich had me thinking "Pretty good for a glenfiddich..." that old 'fiddich snobbery/brainwash creeping in again!

but i didn't rush out to replace either one. Whereas, when i saw the GF 15 solera on offer a few months back, I grabbed one , and thoroghly enjoyed it.
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Postby killerwhale » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:24 am

thanks again for input.... very close poll.... 8-7
I wonder what the poll would be for the 15 yr. olds..... :?:
I have a feeling the the 12 yr olds would be a hands down win for the 'Livet'.

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Postby Reggaeblues » Thu Jun 14, 2007 9:31 am

...I think you're right.
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Postby Mustardhead » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:57 pm

The Glenlivet wins hands down for me at every level. In fact I'd take a Glenlivet 12 every time over the Glenfiddich 12, 15 or 18.

The Glenfiddich 18 is nice as Glenfiddich goes but it really is running out of steam, I think the 40% abv hurts it a lot.

In contrast the Glenlivet 18 is full of flavour and has a lovely weight on the tongue, like a good Aussie Shiraz. The Glenfiddich is the Lambrusco ;)
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Postby les taylor » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:08 pm

Glenlivet for me.


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Postby Lord_Pfaffin » Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:36 am

Glenlivet has lighter more fruity notes, Glenfiddich is deffinately the heavier and touch smoother IMHO. As for my liking, I would leave them both on the shelf. passing them by to find a bottle of Dalwhinnie or Balvenie.
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Postby mikeymad » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:02 am

'fiddich,

Pretty much even at 18yo the Glenlivet still taists of alcohol. Not that this is a bad thing, I just like the other better.

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Postby Drrich1965 » Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:14 pm

How about scaling "down" and going with the Glenfiddich 15? I know it is not in the pole, but I really am impressed with the balance and depth of this one. As I said elsewhere, I spent a week with the bottle while travling, and loved it. My wife, who normlly only likes Islays (oddly enough for a totlal rookie), really thought it was special when she sampled it blind. Oak, malt, sherry, spices, all well integrated. Also, it can be found very inexpensivly.

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Postby lexvo » Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:43 pm

Drrich1965 wrote:How about scaling "down" and going with the Glenfiddich 15? I know it is not in the pole, but I really am impressed with the balance and depth of this one. As I said elsewhere, I spent a week with the bottle while travling, and loved it. My wife, who normlly only likes Islays (oddly enough for a totlal rookie), really thought it was special when she sampled it blind. Oak, malt, sherry, spices, all well integrated. Also, it can be found very inexpensivly.

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Yes, the Glenfiddich 15 is a nice whisky. My wife and I discovered this one as a nice after dinner whisky during our last holiday.
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Postby Reggaeblues » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:20 am

Yes, an excellent dram. I've actually made it through 2 Glenfiddich 15s this year! One bought. One gifted. Both lovely. A nice roundness and depth, and relief from the islays that usually frequent my tastebuds...

...and i'm pretty picky when it comes to non-Islays.
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Postby killerwhale » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:23 am

I agree, the Glenfiddich 15 is a good malt.... I wish it was bottled higher than 40% though.... :?
anyway, thanks all for posts, seems it's a very close poll ....
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Postby Quaichuser » Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:02 am

Between the two that is a very tough call however I lean toward the Glenlivet. Just a touch more luxurious to the my humble tastebuds.
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Postby Cam » Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:28 pm

No question, it would have to be the 'livet! Guardian protocol and all :).

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