Whisky Review Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Rich Oak

Ok let me begin by saying it’s been a really rubbish week at work ( Yes, I know it’s only Tuesday! ) so it was an absolute pleasure to sit down, relax and enjoy a nice glass of whisky this evening, probably not what the doctor would have ordered but damn it was what I needed. . .

Why did I select the Glenfiddich 14-year-old Rich Oak for this moment of bliss in what has been an otherwise appalling week, was it because of the smoothness or complex nose? Nope ! It just happened to be the first bottle I could lay my hands on in my collection :-)

Aside from this this ultra scientific selection process it’s now time for the review and it’s only appropriate that I take this opportunity to thank my dear Father-In-Law who presented this fine whisky to me last year ( Thanks, Pop)

Released in Spring 2010, this Glenfiddich Rich Oak has spent 14 years in ex-bourbon casks in the traditional way, before two separate finishes of 12 weeks in new European oak and six weeks in new American oak before bottling. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish oak brings elegant fruit, spicy and complexity.

Tasting Notes – Nose: Lots of oak influence. Very fruity, nutmeg, cinnamon, bourbon, fruits, dates. Palate: Bourbon sweetness, with lots of general fruitiness, sublimely smooth.  Finish: Nutty and of good length, toasty, hints of char, fruity.

My own view is that this is an incredibly smooth whisky given its age and has a warm toffee & caramel like taste with a finish that lingers pleasantly on the taste buds. At the lower end of the Glenfiddich age range this whisky provides very good value for money being a lovely everyday dram that is full of flavour. If you get the chance give this one a try. . .

A Hint of Garlic Rating 16 / 20

Coming Soon – Yamazaki 10 Year Old – Jura 10 Year Old & Talisker 10 Year Old

4 responses

  1. Is this a UK only release? I’ve seen the 12 (of course) and the 15 (delicious!), but have never seen the 14. Sounds tasty! Also sounds like it may be a good side-by-side comparison candidate with the Glenlivet French Oak Reserve. Thoughts?

    • Hey G-LO

      I wasn’t aware that this is a UK only release though it is relatively new to the market, I may be wrong but I beleive that this replaces the old Toasted Oak Reserve?? That said, I am sure that you would be able to pick up a bottle online. As for a comparison for the Glenlivet French Oak Reserve, I have to confess that this isn’t a whisky I have tried as yet.

  2. Good review. This single malt is definitely different from most others. There is a complete absence of smoke. I am still trying to understand how a single malt can taste so much like bourbon -like a good bourbon, let’s say a “Bookers” or some JT Staggs. (not a knob creek!) :)

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