When Glenfiddich was founded (1887), there wasn’t a single malt market when glenfiddich formed – the money was in blends. So, in 1898 William Grant’s family launched the blend as a product alongside their single malts. It’s bottled in same triangular bottle as glenfiddich – and they are owned by the same company so this is not surprising at all.
Nose: Heathery peat is the first thing that comes out, fig, vanilla, overall with a texture of creaminess and slight spiciness. Some maltiness comes through, along with some cherries, milk chocolate – it’s quite complex, and dense. Lots of honey comes through, alongside sultana raisins. The grains bring out a slightly stale and very lightly bitter character, which I do not like the effect of too much. 25/30 (83%)
Taste: Much softer than the nose, with a wonderful side of smoke alongside the malt, with apples, sultana raisins, prunes, almonds, oak, honey and a rich malty character also coming through. There is some graininess that comes through, and a bit of grassy character. The sweetness is just in balance, in this one, I find. I also find that the smokiness fades as I drink more and I notice it well. There’s a good level of tartness, too – it makes the whisky very easy to drink. 26/30 (87%)
Finish: Slightly smoky and very clean – it’s good. There’s some malt, honey, raisins, cinnamon, and almond. The smokiness fades pretty quickly. The almond is quite distinct, I find, especially after some time sipping- it’s quite nice – like a fresh almond with the skin still on. 17.5/20 (88%)
Conclusion: I really like this blend – I think it is complex, rich, and tasty. The nose is fairly engaging, and matches up with the well balanced profile quite well. And, at the price, I don’t know who would complain… 16.5/20 (83%)