Glenfiddich ranks number one in the world in terms of having the best-selling single malts in the world. Most of their best-sellers come from their Signature range of whiskies. Here’s a simple guide to their Signature range.
Glenfiddich 12 Years Old
The 12-years-old expression is the entry level to the Glenfiddich Signature range. It is matured in Amercian oak and European oak sherry casks for at least 12 years before being married in oak tuns to create its sweet and subtle oaky flavours. The smooth palate coupled with a long and mellow finish makes it an easy drink.
The 12-years-old has also won awards in 2014, clinching the Gold medal in the International Spirit Challenge (ISC) as well the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
Glenfiddich 15 Years Old
The 15-years-old expression is the next level in the Signature range. It is created using a special technique invented by Glenfiddich’s Malt Master using the alchemy of the Solera Vat. Aged in European oak sherry casks and new oak casks, the whisky is then mellowed in their special Solera Vat.
The Solera Vat is a large oak tun inspired by the sherry bodegas of Spain and Portugal. This oak tun is never emptied but kept at half full all the time since 1998. It becomes a unique way to create this 15-years-old expression that pushes it to become one of the best-selling 15-years-old single malts.
This particular expression has won 2 awards. One of them is an Outstanding Silver Medal from IWSC in 2014 while the other is a Gold Medal from The Scotch Whisky Masters in 2015.
Glenfiddich 18 Years Old
The 18-years-old is the third in the Signature range and one which has done exceptionally well in our opinions. This whisky is matured in Spanish Oloroso wood and American oak to create a rich, fruity and robust oak expression. In addition, this whisky receives an intense marrying period to ensure that the consistency and character of the whisky do not change from batch to batch. Each batch is also individually numbered and watched over by their Malt Master.
The 18-years-old expression has similarly won awards. In 2012, it won the Outstanding Silver Medal in the IWSC and in 2013, it won the Gold Medal in the ISC.
Glenfiddich 21 Years Old
The 21-Years-old expression has a special finishing touch from Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, before getting bottled. After maturing for 21 years, selected barrels were hand-picked and finished in Carribean rum casks. The special finishing adds extra exotic notes and spices to the whisky, creating a truly extraordinary 21-years-old.
This expression also won awards similar to the rest of the range. It was awarded the Best Scotch Malt Whisky 21 years or over in 2015 by the ISC and also received the Master Award in the Scotch Whisky Masters in the same year.