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Rating System <= 2.25 Terrible 2.5 - 2.75 - Poor 3 - 3.25 - Ok. 3.5 - 4 - Good. 4.25 - Great. Top 15%. 4.5 - Excellent. Top 5%. 4.75 - Amazing. Top 1%.

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  1. Glenfiddich IPA Experiment

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    No. 7 on my Glenfiddich tasting journey. As the previous review said, briny sweetness. Like a mild islay in a way. Paired it with an actual IPA beer which was an interesting experience. Really changed the beer flavor. Step down from the Xx. Early 3's I'd give it at $100USD a bottle
  2. Glenfiddich Project XX

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No 6. on my Glenfiddich journey. $15 USD for the whole tasting range is a bargain! Port, sherry, spicy, toffee. I like this a lot. As pb mich says I think this is also my favourite ahead of the 15. Early 4's at least and at $90usd great drop. This was rated 2nd on the night out of 8 Glenfiddichs by ~ 20 people. I managed to sneak a 2nd taste in...literally the last dram. Update 6/03/18 My previous review was for Batch #1. Ok I've now had Batch 1 and Batch 2. I was at dramfest with a mate who had a bottle of batch #1 and said like me it was very good. We both tried Batch #2.....I think I almost saw him cry. It's gone way down hill. Night and day between the two batches.
  3. Glenfiddich 21 Year Reserva Rum Cask Finish

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    No. 5 on my Glenfiddich journey. Now don't get me wrong its a good whisky 3.5 I'd give it but at $190usd i can't really rate higher than a 3. Half the price I'd say a 4. I'm struggling to get much past sweet rum and vanilla but maybe the indian food we had half way through the tasting has stuffed up my taste buds.
  4. Glenfiddich 18 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No. 4 on my Glenfiddich journey. Toffee, still hint of green apple, sherry, vanilla. Prefer the 15 year I think which has more of a spicy sherriness and less of green apple but for $70 USD and I'm feeling generous I'll round up - it really could be 3 or 4 I'm thinking. Was advised to add water but really killed it when I did.
  5. Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No. 3 on my Glenfiddich journey. Step up from the 12. I'd give it 3.5. Spice, sherry, nice viscosity. At $65 USD I'll round up for value. This tasting I'll finish :-). Rated top by the tasting group of ~ 20 people out of the 8 Glenfiddich's we tried on the night.
  6. Glenfiddich 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    No. 2 on my 8 flight Glenfiddich tasting session. Light floral, green apple etc. Not one for finishing. Solid for the price. Update: started this is part of the flight of several whiskeys and quite enjoyed this the second time around.
  7. Monkey Shoulder

    Blended Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a bad drop for the price. Solid I'd call it. Vanilla, honey all the standard stuff. Wouldn't buy a bottle
  8. Caol Ila 25 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Received this as a present from a bunch of mates which was a lovely surprise. Also surprising was the fact that despite it's age it retained the classic Caol Ila flavour profile quite well, age having faded it slightly but smoothed off the rougher edges of its younger brothers. The Caol Ila moch we also tried on the night seemed very rough in comparison. Great drop at a reasonable price point for a 25 at ~ $180 USD. Taking the price into consideration I'd put the 1/3rd less priced 18 yr ahead but very happy to have this as a present :-). Update: Now this has settled a while I rate this even more. Given it's one of the cheapest distillery 25 year distillery bottlings out there I'm rounding to a 4.5.
  9. Glenmorangie 18 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I had high hopes for this one as I thought the 10 year quite a nice drop, quite rich and viscous and great value. Initially when opened it I thought it needed to calm down but a week later it was still the same. Slightly bitter ethonally flavor out-competes the remaining components. I gave this 3 goes and was shared amongst a wide number of others with same opinion. Maybe dud bottle? Well down the list of Glenmorangie favourites. At least at $85 it didn't break the bank.
  10. Bowmore 18 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    To echo Mashtun Mike and others finally a great bowmore at a good price at round $100USD. Smoke, stewed fruit and bunch of other lovely flavor components results in a great all round drop. Was one of the favourites at the tasting I ran last night. Early 4's I give it. Update. The bottles been open a while now with not much remaining. Rating still holds but I'm getting flavours of bacon and a slight hint of the cat pee flavour that was quite prevalent in the 15.
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