Glenfiddich 30 Year Old

Glenfiddich 30 Year Old

The Glenfiddich 30 Years was first launched in 2007 and got new editions in 2010 and 2018.

It is one of their high-end single malt bottlings, only topped by the 40 and 50 year-old versions in the core range. It is matured in American bourbon casks and around 30% of European Oloroso sherry casks.


Glenfiddich 30 yo (43%, OB 2018)

Nose: really gentle, even a bit shy. I get stewed fruits (peaches, oranges, plums) and a few buttery touches, with a malty core, ginger and nutmeg. Polished furniture, a hint of cigar boxes. A little cocoa, raisins and roasted nuts as well, but all silky smooth.

soft yet there’s quite some oak spice (nutmeg, peppery warmth, aniseed) mixed with hints of coffee beans, dates and caramel. Seville oranges. Abundant resinous oak. Cake. Some nougat and a slightly charred edge, leading to dark chocolate towards the end.

Finish: quite long, on chocolate notes, leather and oak spice.

Not the bright, fruity dram I was expecting. This has more punch and darkness to it, thanks to the sherry casks. That said, the richness and the low ABV seem to work against each other. A hefty price tag for what you’re getting (boxes rarely seduce me). Available from The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt for instance.