Glenfiddich 15 Solera Vat

Having reviewed Glenfiddich 18 here I thought I’d best put up my review of what I judge to be the best malt in the core Glenfiddich range: their 15 year old solera.

So what does “Solera” mean? Basically a solera vat is a big container in which spirit is married for a kind of extra maturation. What you do is bottle a certain amount of the vat’s contents and then top it up fresh. Over the years the complexity of the spirit develops as new batches are married with old. It is common for sherry and, I believe, brandy, and here Glenfiddich have done it with their 15 year old spirit.

The result? Here are the dramstats:

  • Price paid £30
  • ABV 40%
  • Age 15 years

Nose: Rich christmas cake, sherry soaked raisins and dark grape. Rich and malty but with dates, a touch of blood orange and a very pleasant note of fig rolls.

Palate: Grape hits first then cherry, blood orange, malted milk biscuits, fig rolls.

Finish: Slight oak then malted milk biscuits dipped in tea with lingering faint fruit and barley sugars.

Verdict: Tasty, a real session dram and excellent for only £30. Even though it’s 40% and chill filtered (and probably with caramel but it doesn’t say) it is very complex and entertaining. Something that shines on the supermarket shelves and should be flying off! One to enjoy whilst making your christmas cake this year!

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