This exceptional single malt is among the cheapest of all 21-year-old malt whiskeys. It contains more smoke than other Glenfarclas. But in comparison only a subtle touch. The sherry taste takes a back seat in favor of oak, vanilla and fruits.
For the maturation of this Whisky, Glenfiddich adopted the "Solera" procedure from Spanish Sherry production. Whiskies matured in different casks (Oloroso Sherry, Bourbon, virgin oak) are married in a unique Solera vat made from oregon pine.
This Glenfiddich first matured in sherry and bourbon barrels for 18 years. Master Distiller Brian Kinsman then selected 150 barrels. Divided into small batches, the malt matured for a further 3 months in wooden mixing vessels.
This 12-year-old Speyside whisky is the best-selling single malt whisky in the US and the second best-selling single malt whisky worldwide. It's called "The Glenlivet" to distinguish it from other brands from the Glenlivet area.
18 long years of maturation and the addition of ex-sherry casks make this Glenlivet much more complex than the popular 12-year-old standard bottling. Despite its quality it's still much more affordable than a lot of other 18-year-old single malts.
This new creation of the Glenmorangie distillery was made from heavily roasted malt. After maturing in fresh white oak barrels from the Ozark Mountains, ripening took place in Oloroso sherry and other strong-drinking barrels.
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