Nick Brown wrote:I think it is hugely unfair to dismiss Glenfiddich 12 as a bland dram for the masses, just because it has high sales.
OK, it is not heavily peated. OK, it is not heavily sherried. But it has a wonderful and complex fruitiness on top of sweet malt. At other ages, Glenfidddich achieves really good variation through different balances of bourbon and sherry wood.
If you take time, a Glencairn glass, and miniatures of the 12, 15 and 18 you will see that Glenfiddich is far from a "pub" dram.
Sorry, I forgot to mention it was just my personal reflection over GF.
And still, I've compared (in Glencairn-glasses) Glenfiddich 12, 18 and Caoran head to head with Highland Park 12, 18 and 25 (and other brands as well), and the result was devostating for Glenfiddich. It was, compared to HP just what I wrote earlier 'an unexciting and somewhat bland' dram.
And I do think that the massive sales of Glenfiddich 12yo is somewhat related to the fact that it isn't that massive in taste and nose, and in that way can be a bridge from blends to more intesive tasting single malts. But it's not because of the sales that I mean it's a dram for the masses. That point of view is based on the more mellow and not so intense taste.
I don't say it's a poor dram, but if you want bang for the buck, Glenfiddich might not be the best choice...