Starting 2018 with an affordable 18 year old single malt from one of the most famous distilleries in the world…
Born in Dufftown in 1839, William Grant spent much of his youth working on the family farm. Then, in 1886, at the age of 27, he struck out on his own and gained employment as a clerk at Mortlach distillery. During his 20 years with the business, Grant began to foster notions of creating his very own distillery and in 1886, destiny came calling…
Grant had worked hard to save what money he could over his professional life so when he heard that Cardhu distillery was up for sale, he wasn’t about to let the opportunity pass him by. Cardhu was stripped of its equipment and Grant immediately got to work on constructing his distillery in a field to the north of Dufftown. A burn from the River Fiddich provided all the water he needed and spirit ran from the Glenfiddich stills for the very first time on Christmas Day of 1887.
Grant passed away in January of 1923 but left behind a distillery in rare health which rests, even today, in the ownership of his descendants. Glenfiddich is the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland, with an annual capacity of some 13 million litres, while the product itself is the best selling single malt brand in the world, with 1.21 million cases sold in 2016 alone.
Glenfiddich’s 18 year old single malt has been matured in a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso casks and bottled at 40% abv.
Smell: Fresh Fruits… Apple, Pear & Lemon. Subtle Sherry influence, Touch of Grassy Malt and Vanilla.
Taste: Apple, Lemon and Pineapple, Vanilla and prominent Oak with subtle Spice.
Value for Money: Credit where it’s due, Glenfiddich’s 18 year old is one of the most affordable on the market at around £70.
Scores: 43.5 / 50. About the Scores…
I must confess that for £70 I would prefer to see a higher bottling strength than 40% but there are few, if any, 18 year old single malts on the market at this kind of price these days and that alone makes it appealing – if you’re looking to add a little bit of age to your whisky collection, it’s a great starting point. Of course, while the sensible pricing may tempt you to buy, it is the inherent quality of the product that will keep you reaching for the bottle time and time again. Perhaps a cautionary word of warning to end on then: this 18 year old Glenfiddich is ridiculously drinkable and you may find yourself spending another £70 on a second bottle sooner than you expected.