Like a beautiful woman, we don’t really mind if a gorgeous Whisky claims to be a bit younger than it actually is… with Whisky that is a rare virtue.
Founded in 1887, with machinery bought from the Cardhu Distillery, William Grant created Glenfiddich. Still in the hands of the Grant family, Glenfiddich is the biggest selling malt Whisky worldwide and remains Scottish owned and independent. William Grant pioneered their Whiskies as "single malts" at a time when malts were produced to supply the blended Whisky producers. It's a vision that has paid off, thanks for creating the category Mr. Grant!
If you do not know about Glenfiddich, you are not a Whisky lover. Not only are they a "top-two" producer, of premium single-malt loveliness, they are the much honored and loved Speyside of choice for many. But let’s cut to the chase. Glenfiddich 15-year Solera Method is all about the "method" part… and a wondrous method it is too.
The Solera method is a long line of casks, where each year a portion of the Whisky in the first cask is moved to the second, and a portion of the second is moved to the third, and so on. No cask is ever emptied. The only thing that is bottled is the portion from the last cask. So there is always a bit of REALLY old Whisky in that final cask that gets intermingled. But...
Since Glenfiddich 15-year Solera is a date-stamped Whisky, and since — by law — all Whisky that is dated must carry the date of the "youngest" Whisky in the bottle, this means that the average age of this lovely little dram is FAR older than 15 years. So, though she claims to be 15, but we know the truth, and the truth is sweet indeed.
SmartAss Corner: The Solera method began with Madeira and Sherry wines and balsamic vinegars. In Sicily, the process is called "perpetua."
What does Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
Glenfiddich 15 is my go-to, everyday Scotch. It has a nice finish and, for me at least, is what I would call sweet and savory. I know that's not a term, but I'm not going to pretend I taste vanilla and pears. I like the balance a lot better than American Bourbon (I'm American). It's not sharp at all and is what I give to people I like. It's also my favorite Speyside whiskey. I tried to like some other regions, such as Islay, but drinking something like Lagavulin, for example, is like drinking a camp fire. Too smoky for me. I love GF 15.
Lovely. Smooth and warm. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Fruity and vanilla. One of my favs in this price range.
Simple dram. not much bad to say about this. Very good and enjoyable. Classic flavors and what most people think when they think scotch
Is there something specific you like better than this in the same price range? Something a little more complex?
This is my favorite scotch for a regular buy. We always take this to the Celtic Festivals in a flask or two...
I believe the only one that outshines the 15 is the 21. (But it's a little more pricey)
I ALWAYS love this Scotch, so easy to sit back and enjoy. Have bought a new bottle every time I finish it because I know I’ll be craving it soon.
Best I’ve had. Smooth, rich, full, but without any smoke. That Solera method has done some serious magic.
Very smooth with enjoyable finish
Solid reliable scotch.
Smooth and light but not missing out on the flavour. This is a scotch I could see myself enjoying on a daily basis, but unfortunately, it would not make the cut for the special occasions.
Carmel, light and smooth
For the price, this is an outstanding whisky and definitely one I would keep on hand. Very smooth and flavorful with mild spice, sherry, cinnamon and very light orange on the palate. Finish is a culmination of these flavors along with some oak. Strongly recommend, especially for the price. There are other 15 years I enjoy more, but most of them are twice the cost without being twice the quality.
Oak, honey, cherries, pear on the nose. Initial taste is sweet and smooth, then opens up to a little oak, dried fruit, sherry, and a long smokey-sweet finish. Really good for the price.
Smooth and easy. A splash of water opens it up.
One of the best, and for all the right reasons. The complexity is beautiful.
Always love a bit of sherry. It was a bit smooth for my taste to begin with but after getting to know each other the complexity really came out. A drop or two of water brings some spice right to the forefront which is always lovely. Light numbing spice finish with a full bodied vanilla oak start. There's a very smooth introduction to the light sweet numbing finish with some dried fruit with drizzled honey (almost an end of season apple) that really fits well. All in all, absolutely delightful sipping whisky.
I really enjoyed this bottle. Very smooth and easy to drink
Nice whisky but a little weak in the alcohol percentage for me.
Nice drink, would expect more sherry to come through
The perfect daily driver
I bought this because it sounded like something a bourbon drinker might enjoy. It is! So smooth and easy to drink, and still pleasantly complex.
Probably the smoothest Scotch I have had. A variety of sweet with a hint of spice on the tip of the tongue then a burst apple/honey that moves to a very pleasing finish. I simply loved this from first taste! However it did seem to become a little bland as my taste buds got saturated.
Nose 👃 ; Fruits and berries, vanilla,
Taste 👅 ; Lovely honey, vanilla, some leather and oak, a little spicy cinnamon at the end,
Finish ; Surprisingly long, rich and full but with a smooth sweet lingering honey,
Great sipping Scotch! Start Spicy and as the rock melts, it mellows out.
Loved it. Smooth finish. Lightly sweet and smoky.
15 years old only because the label says so. The taste and the smell have nothing to do with a 15 years old matured whisky. Due to the Solera method it tastes like a young blended whisky and has nothing special in it. It was a huge disappointment after the 12 years old one.
If you are looking for and nice matured whisky you can find better options than this overpriced one.
Honey vanilla nose. The model smooth Speyside. Nice long hum for finish.
A drop water really brought out the smokiness.
Beautiful, if not enchanting nose. Classic Speyside body. Finish with slightly sharp edges, however, the nose compensates for everything this whisky has to offer.
much sweeter than expected
A favorite staple scotch of mine, great flavor and complexity.
A good drinking single malt. This is the single malt one drinks as the second or third of the night, before the tongue has been anesthetized, but after the best in your collection.
So good and smooth.
Very tasty and smooth
Nosy is boozy, light and crisp. Tastes like Christmas, caramel, toffee, clove.
I found the immediate aroma after pouring was butterscotch...heavy. Minutes later, that turned to cream/berries. Taste was super sweet on the initial sip...then spice and berries. Warm and sweet short finish.
Very smooth, oak and cinnamon in there, just the right amount of heat. Excellent dram.
Great taste and smooth. I always tend to have this on stock most of the time.
Spicy. Not as smooth as expected. Good flavor
Taste-spice with after taste of honey and almond. Smokey smell
Great mouthfeel - silky smooth and slightly oily. Sherried finish comes through with a taste of cinnamon and maybe some berry flavor. Really really good. Made in the sherry style of Spanish bodegas so there is a blend of Glenfiddich whisky from across the different casks in their solera.
Well balanced. A bit of oak and a bit of smoke with a little spice and a bit of fruit and malt at the finish.
Smooth and sweet. Sherry on the front with a little spicy oak on the rear. Check this bottle out!
Someone gave me a “Solera” bourbon, I saw this scotch on Flaviar, decided to try it. I am really glad I did. You can feel the older scotches within. The body, and mouthfeel are wonderful. The smoothness, works well with the full flavor.
wow, what can I say simply great very smooth.
Very nice. Berry on the nose with a Sherry oak flavor. The more I drink the more oak I taste. Delicious!!!
For the price, this bottle is hands down my favorite scotch out there. Malty, slightly spicy and a hint of caramel flavor.
Wow! No words. You will have to pick up a bottle
I love how spicy it hits the tip of my tongue, then it travels smooth and warm down my throat, and as it hit its final destination to settle, a smile across my face as I reminisce the feeling of that last sip before I take another. Such an amazing smooth drink.
couldn't have said it better
A great dram. Very smooth.
One of my favorites, always a treat.
I didn’t care much for the spiciness. It was initially smooth but burned a bit going down. Think I’ll give it a second chance before completely writing it off..
Smooth, sweet flavors. Very nice.
Fruity, smooth with a little hint of smoke
Smooth, long finish
Great flavor, once of the best I have tasted
Sehr karamellige und toffee-reiche Nase und Zunge, ein Hauch Kakao. Nachgang sehr schwer, stört den Trinkfluss.
As someone who drinks a lot of scotch, especially from the Speyside and Highland regions I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this is the first time I've tried one from Glenfiddich and I'm glad I finally did. This dram was a gem. Very smooth. You definitely get the vanilla, oak and sherry. Only wish it was bottled a tad bit hotter but a bottle of this will certainly be making an appearance in my collection.
Smoothness of a 15 year. Good flavor.
A bit more on the wet and sweet side. Highly palatable but drinks more like a juice than a scotch.
Excellent. Very smooth and sweet. you can taste the vanilla notes.
One of my favorite all time drams. Smooth and warm with the right amount of spice and balance.
I like this a lot. One of my favorites. Light fruity bouquet that doesn't over power the nose or the palate. Smooth until the end and leaves the taster refreshed. Slightly sweet.
Lighter than expected but still a great Scotch whisky!
Nice mix of depth, balance, and smoothness.
A nice whisky with a fairly complex flavor profile. Nice on the nose and very enjoyable. Very affordable for the complexity of the profile.
Much better on the second sip. Very flavorful. A well balanced sweetness to it at the beginning. Then it reminds you it's still Glenfiddich.
Great moderately priced Scotch. It’s one of my go-to drinks.
Disappointing, but maybe I was expecting too much. I liked the spice on the nose (licorice or anise, I think...). The taste fell a bit flat for me though.
Had a great after taste smooth. A keeper!
Spicy, dried fruits, cinnamon and caramel, nice taste and long finish
Very rich fruity nose, sweet, beautiful. I expected more taste. The finish is wonderful - long but delicate, sweet - veeeery nice.
Smooth, lightly sweet, and very little smokiness and peat. One of our favorites that we've tried, and definitely our favorite in the Speyside tasting kit.
Always good. Classic flavor with more depth than the 12 yo.
Me likey, that is all.
It is a classic, rich, blended whisky with a long & delicate finish.
I'm in love with this whiskey. Hints of peat and oak, with a smooth vanilla and honey taste.
Absolute all time favourite whisky.
Another fruity, honey and cinnamon-y after taste. Very smooth whisky.
Just spicy enough
I am very aware of the Glenfiddich scotches! This one is no different from the other ones I have experienced. Very good Scotch!
A staple to any bar. A wonderful aroma that matches smooth taste with just small bite at the end. Great for an evening nightcap. From the novice whisky drinker to a seasoned one, it surely will be kept in my collection.
Glenfiddich has never disappointed me. As usual on the sweet side of scotches with hints of cinnamon and Sherry being the most noticeable then mellowing into vanilla and oak. Finish was smooth and warm. Highly recommended for beginner to seasoned scotch drinkers.
Smooth, light and crisp. Very drinkable. Peat lovers need not drink.
A standout dram for me. The richness and character from the Solera system was quite detectable and attractive, and all at a fantastic price for a poor whisky-lover like myself.
Smoother than a baby's butt, with a sweet and mellow aftertaste. Simply fantastic.
Wow! While not necessarily a scotch-lover's scotch, it has a remarkably complex flavor. If you are looking for earthy, peaty tones, look elsewhere. If you want light vanilla mixed with some rose and black cherry with just a little smoke then this is your selection. Great with some ice cold granite on a summer night.
Great quality for the price you pay. Good starter whisky for anyone interested in scotch
Wow,tastes not what I expected from smell.
T: fruit, sweet, chocolate
This is my go to drink for relaxation, there's no going wrong with this single malt. The flavor is smooth and bold; and personally I enjoy this on chilled metal cubes.
Pretty unimpressive bit fine. This would be a great malt for beginners. Nose was non-existent. I got vanila, cherry cola, and malt notes with a short finish. You could look at this as a session scotch to be drank through the night.
Great scotch, smooth, light sweetness.
Very robust and flavorful. Add a little water, and it develops into a fantastic drink of sweet, oaky goodness. One of my new favorites.
Lovely sweet notes and quite complex. A single drop of water adds to the experience if left for a few minutes with a lid covering the glass.complex and engaging!
Not my favorite. It's just a bit harsh.
Nice and smooth scotch with a clean finish. Slightly smokey. Well balanced.
Simply exceptional-- now that I've looked up the great price...I added a star.
This is one of my favorite drinks. Complex, sweet and oh so smooth.
Definitely a step up from the 12. Goes down nicely
Fantastic and consistent dram due to the Solera system. Give a bottle as a gift and see the recipient smile.