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The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm


Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:16 pm

Glenfiddich 18

Glenfiddich
18 - Ancient Reserve (circa 2008)
Apples and oranges, nice maltiness - towards grist
Stewed apples, some maltiness, with very light spices, a little day old grass (after mowing)
Mod. long, with spices coming in over the apples
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Dark Gold
58

18 Years Old
NA
43%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Speyside
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No
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:17 pm

TT
I`m scottish and proud of it but it doesn`t make me a half wit, no way I`m backing Coultard over Kimi.
Nice try...
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:18 pm

I can't believe how much stronger the flavors come through on the 15 even with the differences in proof. 15 is more my kind of flavor profile but the 18 is more refined.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:20 pm

Ian Millar wrote:TT
I`m scottish and proud of it but it doesn`t make me a half wit, no way I`m backing Coultard over Kimi.
Nice try...
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

A fool and his whisky is soon parted. Looks like we haven't found a fool yet. :thumbsup:

BTW, I had the 30 about 2 months ago at a bar. Wonderful dram. Saving up some money and will get this one by the end of summer. :iwbrnt:
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby les taylor » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:21 pm

Guys My money is on Masa tomorrow and I think Alonso could be the fly in the ointment.

Trying the 30 now. :)
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:22 pm

In answer to an earlier question, my 15 CS is a screw top. This was picked up in NZ in January.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:23 pm

Oh, hey les. Glad to see you here. What have been your thoughts so far on Glenfiddich.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:26 pm

Ian.. do like Coulthard as well but I think he was great when he was driving with
Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher..unfortunately even Scottish drivers don't mature as well as Glenfiddich does ..
Out of curiosity, does anybody have GF Caoran to taste? Any comments?
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:32 pm

Last October I had the opportunity to try both the Caoran and the Cuban rum finishes head to head. I've concluded that rum finishes aren't my thing after having several others from several other distilleries. But, back to the Glenfiddich.... I didn't really find any differences between the two. Hence my question earlier as to whether there were any differences between the two.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:36 pm

21yo now

Less obvious wood on the nose here than there is on the 18yo. Back to the stewed fruits, still with some vanilla notes but not as overt.

The wood leaps out on trhe palate though. Very spicy, with the cedary notes to the fore.

Again with the nice mouthwatering finish. Like juicy pencils. I must be drunk.

TT I have the Caoran. I will try it after the 30.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:41 pm

Willie
I`m concerned, chewy pencils????
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:43 pm

Willie still feeling the effects from dramming with Marty? :o
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby tarjatuunanen » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:44 pm

Willie.
looking forward to hearing your comments re. Glenfiddich Caoran.

Ganga,
to my knowledge the US Glenfiddich 21yo is the exactly same than the GF 21yo in all other markets.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:44 pm

Keep up the good work everyone, great notes, great drams. Just checking in, back to cooking dinner now. :D :D
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:47 pm

Glenfiddich 15 CS

Glenfiddich
15 CS
Green apples and melons (honey dew), very light maltiness, some nice spiciness, sweetness
Woody - spices underlying the flavor of fresh wood oak perhaps, apple cider
LONG, cidery
Apples really come out with a drop of water - nose. Palate has more of an herbal spice feel now.
Medium gold
64

15 Years Old
NA
51%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Speyside
No
No
Glencairn
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:47 pm

A flyby Ryan? Thanks for showing up early. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:49 pm

tarjatuunanen wrote:Willie.
looking forward to hearing your comments re. Glenfiddich Caoran.

Ganga,
to my knowledge the US Glenfiddich 21yo is the exactly same than the GF 21yo in all other markets.


Yes, someone brought back one labeled as "Cuban Rum Finish". With the USG and their "feud" we thought it might just be a name change.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby andyt » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:50 pm

Ryanair? Groan.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:51 pm

Ganga wrote:
tarjatuunanen wrote:Willie.
looking forward to hearing your comments re. Glenfiddich Caoran.

Ganga,
to my knowledge the US Glenfiddich 21yo is the exactly same than the GF 21yo in all other markets.


Yes, someone brought back one labeled as "Cuban Rum Finish". With the USG and their "feud" we thought it might just be a name change.


Exactly the same
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:53 pm

Moving along to a new glass and back through the lineup. :smoke:
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:54 pm

Nick Brown wrote:Unfortunately I can't be at the tasting, but I have a couple of questions:

will we ever have the chance to buy cask strength Solera Reserve - as it comes, straight from the vat?

when might we see regular bottlings of Kininvie?


Nick
I`m with you, CS 15 would be reat, Kininvie has been bottled under the Hazelwood name.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:55 pm

Thanks Ian.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:55 pm

Ganga wrote:Willie still feeling the effects from dramming with Marty? :o

Ha ha! yes that was an interesting session. I had an interesting perspective on things the next day :roll: .

Still, nobody messed with me in the exam board. I think they could tell I wasn't in a very talkative mood. :wink:
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:58 pm

Any Wardhead notes Willie?
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:58 pm

Poor bottle. :P
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:00 am

Glenfiddich 12

Glenfiddich
12 yo - not Special Reserve
Malty, woody (oak), spicey, apples and oranges
cinnamon-sugared apples, herbal spices, a hint of oranges, and a bit of woodiness
moderate, spiced apples
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Ripe Wheat
48

12 Years Old
NA
40%
Original Bottling

Single Malt
Speyside
No
No
Sm Brandy Glass
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:01 am

Ian Millar wrote:
Nick Brown wrote:Unfortunately I can't be at the tasting, but I have a couple of questions:

will we ever have the chance to buy cask strength Solera Reserve - as it comes, straight from the vat?

when might we see regular bottlings of Kininvie?


Nick
I`m with you, CS 15 would be reat, Kininvie has been bottled under the Hazelwood name.
Ian

I totally agree that a cask strength Solera would be fantastic Ian.

Nick's question re Kininvie was really about a regular or even a more accessible bottling. Are there any plans, or will it just emerge rarely in bottlings like the Hazelwood?
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ganga » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:02 am

12 was better the second time around. :D
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:02 am

Ras Mazunga wrote:Any Wardhead notes Willie?

Was saving that for last Ras, but I will do it before the Caoran I think.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:05 am

Willie JJ wrote:
Ian Millar wrote:
Nick Brown wrote:Unfortunately I can't be at the tasting, but I have a couple of questions:

will we ever have the chance to buy cask strength Solera Reserve - as it comes, straight from the vat?

when might we see regular bottlings of Kininvie?


Nick
I`m with you, CS 15 would be reat, Kininvie has been bottled under the Hazelwood name.
Ian

I totally agree that a cask strength Solera would be fantastic Ian.

Nick's question re Kininvie was really about a regular or even a more accessible bottling. Are there any plans, or will it just emerge rarely in bottlings like the Hazelwood?


Can`t see it at the moment with so much pressure on malt stock, the whole whisky industry is under immense pressure due to the new and expanding markets across the world.
But as Sean Connery once said, never say never.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby DanAir » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:06 am

Hi all - just arriving now. I'll be ducking in and out over the next couple of hours.

I've never been a big fan of the 12 although I have a bottle I got a pressie. Keep it for the guests really. And now, as it turns out, for live whiskymag tastings!

This is the bottom third of a 3yr old bottle so it might have altered slightly. It's actually fairly harmless, very pronounced glenfiddich character, lots of fruit especially pear. The nose is pretty dead but I think that's down to the age of my bottle.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:06 am

Hi folks
Just popped in to catch up on the postings.

I reckon there may be an unofficial vote going on as to the best Glenfiddich. I am pleased to see that the 18 is picking up some more favourable comments.

Beyond that, whichever version of GF you like, it is good that people are looking again at Glenfiddich and seeing that it really is an enjoyable dram.

I refer back to Willie's question and the view that, perhaps because it is so popular, it is sometimes seen as being boring and uninteresting. Far from the truth! I have been guilty of thinking that as well. Is it something in the Scottish mentality to put down success? It's good to see people appreciate the success and quality of GF this evening.

Ian - any plans to have a non-sherried, refill bourbon only, GF? Any plans to up the strength to 46% for all/some of the range? Any plans to introduce CS at more ages than the 15? Keep up the good work! Good to see someone else wearing the tartan!

All the best
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Ian Millar » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:10 am

les taylor wrote:I would like to know. I really like the bottle shape. Where did the triangular shape come from? Is it something that they always expect to keep? :)


Les
the tringular bottle came from a designer called Hans Schleger who was also responsible for the london underground logo.
The bottle was introduced in 1957 for Grants and in 1961 for Glenfiddich.
According to our former chairman it was designed so as not to roll out from underneath the bed in front of your wife.
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:12 am

Brilliant, Ian, a design classic!
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Re: The Glenfiddich Tasting - 21st June - 7pm

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:15 am

30yo:

Wonderful nose. The vanilla shines through with the marmalade well in the background. Slight cardboard, but works well with the other elements.

Lovely on the palate, like a rich dark oxford marmalade, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Spices all over the finish.

This is the kind of dram that talks you into thinking that older is better. I'm not sure its significantly more enjoyable than the 18 though. Certainly if money was no object then I would buy this, but the 18 is better £ for £.
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