glenfiddich 19 AoD Madeira

Glenfiddich 19yo Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish

Don’t ask me why, but back in 2011 Glenfiddich decided they wanted to celebrate the 15th century Portuguese explorers. A quick Google didn’t give me much extra insight into their reasoning. But that’s not really what matters. What matters is the liquid itself. In this case a 19 year old Glenfiddich, finished in Madeira wine casks, with Madeira being one of the islands discovered by the Portuguese. See! There’s your connection 😉

Glenfiddich 19yo Age of Discovery (40%, OB, Madeira Cask Finish)

Nose: Sweet and floral, but with lots of fruit influences as well. Mango, oranges, apricots and a hint of lime. Behind that is a layer of vanilla, caramel and honey.
Taste: Palate is slightly spicier with ginger, cumin and cinnamon. Some fruit shines through tough, mainly oranges (zest).
Finish: Fairly dry, orange chutney, vanilla and pineapple. Really soft and gentle.

Rating: 85

It’s layered. It’s balanced. For 40 percent abv it is quite rich. But that is also the main negative: it’s bottled at the lowest possible alcohol percentage. At cask strength (or 46/48 percent even) this might be a really, really good whisky, instead of being just good.

Picture: Master of Malt

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