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Glenfiddich 12 Year

Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

Tasted December 29, 2020
3.25
3.25 out of 5 stars
The classics, 'fiddich and 'livet, these two 12 year old Glens stare each other down in many a liquor store, priced oh so similar and of the same vintage, but which is better? Or is there even an answer to that. No doubt you could google up a boat load of websites that claim to answer this question, just as no doubt there are as many varied answers. Like maybe "it's a 12 year Scotch, drink it and don't worry about it". Both have a nice warm sweet honey meade nose, with just a touch of some fruit sweetness and spices. What I get from the 'fiddich is a bit more of malty tea note and that rings in as just a bit harsher for me, the 'livet in it's present "double oak" guise seems a bit smoother on the back side. However the two are similar to the extent I could easily believe many would see it exactly the opposite. They share the fruit sugars, malt cereal and honey making it a really close call. On further study I would say while the 'livet might seem a bit smoother through to the back end, the tea note of the 'fiddich adds a bit more variation. This may be the classic "Ginger or Mary Ann" dilemma, or "Marilyn or Jane" even. The only real answer is to try them both yourself and see which if either really does it for you. The good news is you are going to wind up with two perfectly drinkable bottles of Scotch! Cheers!
  • BeppeCovfefe
    January 14, 2021

    @Guitar-mann Thanks G Man, always appreciate the kind words!

  • Guitar_mann
    December 31, 2020

    @BeppeCovfefe This is another great example of why I follow your reviews! Happy New Year my fellow Spiritus!

  • cascode
    December 30, 2020

    @BeppeCovfefe LOL - high five 🤚

  • BeppeCovfefe
    December 30, 2020

    @cascode Mary Ann and Jane for me, (I guess I'm a brunette's guy), proof there is no wrong answer here.

  • CKarmios
    December 30, 2020

    Similar opinion: the ‘’fiddich I find slightly tangier of a tea or herbal/mineral quality whilst the ‘livet more forward with the orchard fruits. Both very good on their own, or just mix em up together with Glenmorangie 10 and add a few drops of Caol Isla 12.

  • Scott_E
    December 29, 2020

    I had the Fiddich the other day. Been always biased to Glenlivet. While drinking, I was thinking similarly. Livet or Fiddich. They are both good in what the are designed to do. Fiddich is a bit more velvety. Livet more orchard-like. I like your verdict. When in doubt, why not both. No wrong answer there.

  • cascode
    December 29, 2020

    Ginger or Mary Ann? Have both 😈