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


Wedding Anniversary Whisky

Let me explain

My beautiful wife and I married last year at which time she presented me with a bottle of 21-year-old Glenfiddich as a wedding gift. I decided that a special bottle such as this needed to be savoured slowly and that I would help celebrate our anniversary each year with a single dram of this amazing whisky.

Now those that know me well will understand that waiting a whole year for that first taste has been quite a challenge  🙂

A 21-year-old bottling from Glenfiddich, finished in casks used previously to age Caribbean Rum.

Glenfiddich Rum Finish 21 Tasting Notes

Nose: Barley sugar, malt, dark brown sugar, orange peels, marmalade, manuka honey, Chocolate, foam bananas.
Palate: Full, fruitcake, spices, buttery vanilla, malty. Oak.
Finish: Long, mochaccino, marmalade.


Well a year flew by and our wedding anniversary arrived. Amongst all the well wishing some time was found to finally open the bottle that had spent a year patiently waiting to take its first breath of air. Of the many visitors we had that day my Best man was there and i thought it only fitting to let him sample this too. . .

Was it worth the wait ? Will I manage to wait another whole year before removing the cork once more?

Well first of all YES ! It was most certainly worth the wait. I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by any of the Glenfiddich range but this 21-year-old whisky is amazingly smooth. I was surprised by just how much the rum casks have influenced the flavour of the whisky and trust me its a good thing. As for waiting another whole year to sample this wonderful dram I’ll keep you posted . . .