This meeting came up quick, only one week after our holiday party extravaganza. We decided to keep this meeting simple by just picking a few bottles from the shelves of Tubby’s, and we were not disappointed. We realized that as a club we had never tasted any of the expressions from Glenfiddich, so that was an easy first choice, and most of us had never seen or heard of Shieldaig, so that peaked our interest, and the Glenlivet 18 seemed like a good pick too. Overall the Glenfiddich Solera 15 seemed to be the crowd favorite, probably due to the Solera fractional blending system used to produce this whisky, which seemed to give it a lot of complexity.
1. Shieldaig 12 Year $30 – $40
Casks: ex-bourbon casks
Nose: Fairly sweet, fruit-flavored candy
Palate: Fairly sweet, a bit of smoke, light peat
Finish: Surprisingly long, with some spice.
2. Glenfiddich Solera 15 Year $40 – $50
Casks: ex-bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak.
Nose: Sherry, citrus – orange in particular, dry wood
Palate: Medium, Sherry, raisins. Fruitcake, spices, sweetness
Finish: Candied fruits, raisins, spices, oak takes over
3. Glenlivet 18 Year $90 – $120
Casks: ex-sherry casks
Nose: Dark chocolate and glacé cherries, with apple and creamy vanilla-infused crême brûlée
Palate: Thick and fruit, with cream, stewed apple, candied orange and sweet vanilla.
Finish: Dry, with lingering spice.