I sat down and was introduced to this fine swallow of liquid. It is a speyside single malt scotch and the concept of the bottle by the distiller was to copy the original 1963 Glenfiddich straight malt bottle. They did this by using original samples and research ingredients from the Glenfiddich archives. Now I was not born in 1963 nor had the original but will say it was nay bad in my books.
A sniff of the glass did not produce any strong reactions. It was fruity but not overpowering so and did take a second sniff to identify even that. The taste was like the smell and was very easy going down with a sweet taste and just a hint of oak The aftertaste was dry and did not carry a strong exit taste. Overall I found this bottle as very easy drinking scotch. May not appeal to some looking for a strong reaction, but was to my taste in scotch.
LCBO list price is $119.90 Priced as a premium scotch it did seem appropriate for the experience.
The Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask – extra matured rum casks
The aroma off of the Balvenie is quite lackluster. With only hints of rum, then coming to a close with subtle sweet undertones (toffee, vanilla). Just that, short and sweet.
Taste- As it over takes your tongue, it brings a butter oily texture, which is rather unsuspecting. Following right after is the rum cask. And as fast as it came it was gone, leaving you with only some sweet toffee.
Finish- It was clean. I don’t know what other then that. No heat, no smoke or peat, no lasting lingering aftertaste.
Conclusion- I was not overly impressed with this scotch. It just didn’t live up to my expectation. If I was you, I’d find a friend that has it and convince him to let you try it. My final thoughts are; weak sauce.
GlenDronach 18 Year Old Tawny Port Finish
The colour is almost caramel in appearance due to the finish in the port cask
The nose is fruity and fudgy with hints of pear, cherry, and caramel fudge coupled with spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The fruit shines through with notes of cherry, pear, and roasted apple and combines with caramel, making the taste quite sweet and syrupy with a wisp of smoke to be had. The flavor lingers on the tongue before releasing into a slow dry finish.
I would rate this as a 7.5/10, quite a good scotch, but maybe not worthy of adding to a personal collection.