Glenfiddich 19 Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Review

This is a 19 year Glenfiddich that replaced the duty-free Age of Discovery Madeira Cask a few years back. It’s bottled at 40% ABV.

Nose: Beeswax, flower petals dried over smoke, fresh oak, peaches, and subtle apples.

Palate: Sweet on entry turning oak heavy and bitter with apple peals, waxy pears, becomes dry after a bit.

Finish: Honey lingers with mild oak and pepper.

Rating: 83/100 – Not bad, but at a higher proof this could be quite a bit better I suspect.

Value for the money: This retails around $120 I believe, and I’d pass at that price. I’d be a buyer closer to $60 or so.

Glenfiddich The Original Review

This is a NAS expression from Glenfiddich that is supposed to recreate the profile of the original 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt. It’s bottled at 40% ABV.

Nose: Apples and pears mingling with beeswax, honey oak, and a crisp, clean malt. Had this been blind, I would’ve guessed a Clynelish as it really has that waxy fruit profile.

Palate: The 40% is painfully obvious here, tastes very watered down with minimal malt and oak flavors, subtle spices and washed out apples.

Finish: Disappears in a flash unfortunately.

Rating: 73/100 – The nose is quite nice on this one, but it’s a shame that it falls apart after that.

Value for the money: I think these typically retail close to $100, but can be found on sale for as low as around half of that sometimes. Either way I’d pass on it.

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix Review

This is a limited expression from Glenfiddich that was made up of a blend of casks that were in a warehouse which collapsed under the weight of the snow on the roof (hence the Snow Phoenix name). The casks were a blend of bourbon and Oloroso casks and aged from 13-30 years. It was bottled at 47.6% ABV.

Nose: Heavy oloroso influence with sweet berries, rich sherry, cocoa, slightly smoked malt, and a bit of banan

Palate: Banana and rich malt with upfront sherry and stewed fruits with mulled spices

Finish: Peppery, slightly oaky with the sherry notes lingering

Rating: 93/100 – The best Glenfiddich I’ve had and quite an enjoyable pour.

Value for the money: I paid $30 an oz to try this at Delilah’s which I would pay again to try it. Full bottles are going for around $450+ which is too steep – I’d be a purchaser at $200 or under.