Do you ever wonder what single malt whisky tasted like many years ago? Glenfiddich has recreated Glenfiddich The Original, an expression that was released in 1963 at a time when whisky blends were still the dram of choice.
Glenfiddich claim to have started the single malt category and Malt Master, Brian Kinsman recreated the original Glenfiddich based on a recipe from the family archives. One is skeptical about tasting a whisky today that is said to be a replica of an original as in my experience, they never taste the same.
I had the opportunity to taste Glenfiddich The Original alongside Glenfiddich 12 yo and make a side by side comparison. It would be remiss of me to expect today’s recreation to be 100% of the original but I was curious as to what this landmark whisky tastes like.
Glenfiddich The Original Tasting Notes
- Country of Origin: Speyside, Scotland
- ABV: 40%
- Age: NAS
- Colour: golden
- Nose: typical Glenfiddich DNA, aromas of pear, stewed apples, some vanilla and subtle oak
- Palate: fruity and sweet, baked apple pie, subtle spice, honey sweetness and vanilla, lacks viscosity and richness compared to the 12 yo
- Finish: dry and fruity, short
Comments: Glenfiddich The Original tastes like a young version of Glenfiddich 12 yo. It may have been fundamental at the time, but modern palates expect more particularly at this price range. If you’re a whisky novice, it’s very palatable and non aggressive. If you’re a whisky enthusiast, buy it for nostalgia’s sake.
Price: $100 AUD
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