Glenfiddich, which is pronounced /ɡlɛn/fɪd/dɪx/ (the “ch” is the same as in “loch”) is a Speyside Scotch whiskey. The word means, “The Valley of the Deer,” in Gaelic; note the distillery’s symbol of the stag. The distillery was founded in 1887 by William Grant and his family. It remained fully functional and operated throughout the Prohibition, which was a trying time for distilleries throughout the world. It was also one of the first distilleries to maintain its own on-site coppersmiths for the upkeep of its stills. Today, Glenfiddich, as the world’s best-selling single malt, is one of the most common and easily found scotch whiskies in liquor stores.
This particular malt is aged in European, American, and New American oak casks, which gives it a nice play of virgin but complex oak tones. It is then fully matured in the distillery’s Solera Vat, which is constantly kept at least half full with malts at least 15 years old; this vat, over time, compounds the aging process.
Color: Cinnamon Gold.
Nose: Creamy peatiness.
Body: Smooth and heavy in texture like cream, without being overly thick. It melts into your mouth, like a good steak.
Palate: Very subtle. Silky cinnamon with a hint of fruit and a chocolate taste that takes a few moments to settle in.
Finish: An echoing spiced cream.
A splash of water greatly sweetens the taste and thins out the creaminess. Not recommended. Serve Neat.
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