Glenfiddich 15 Handfilled – BTC #05


This was a very tricky one indeed. We’re not used to seeing Glenfiddich at cask strength or non-chill filtered and then a distillery exclusive hand-filled bottling to boot. But it was a bloody nice dram, I sat and enjoyed the last half of it after taking my notes for quite some time.

Initial Impressions: Initial impressions: Bubbles, strong ethanol smell, high ABV. Spicy nose, FF bourbon. Possibly Arran. With time gets very sweet and woody, maybe virgin oak.

Guess: Arran 1996 by Whisky Broker (

Aged 15 years. 56.9% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Light wood. Sawdust. Tropical fruit. Banana flavoring. Grapefruit. Orange peel. Somewhat waxy and malty – so maybe not Arran (couldn’t think of anything else so I just went with the Arran in the end).

Palate: Hot, definitely cask strength. Bitter. Fresh linen. Wild flowers. Light honey on toast. Light fruits, yellow apples, pears. Fruit salad in syrup.

Finish: Medium. Light wood. Loads of woodspice. Orange peel. Beeswax.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes


This was a really active dram, very interesting and well put together so a complete surprise when I found out what it was. Needless to say it’s a side of the distillery I really wouldn’t mind getting to know.


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