Whisky Under £50 Review 22: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

Welcome to the next instalment of our regular Whisky Under Fifty reviews, where we review a different whisky (or whiskey) that you can buy for less than £50! If you’d like to know more about why we're doing this series, read our introduction post here.

In this edition of Whisky Under Fifty, we're looking at one of the classic distilleries: Glenfiddich.

Glenfiddich was founded in 1887 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland. It really is one of the world's most iconic single malt Scotch whisky distilleries. And, back in the day, it was quite the marketing powerhouse; it was one of the first distilleries to actively market single malt whisky outside Scotland, contributing to the global popularity of single malts.

Glenfiddich is still owned by the Grant family today and prides itself on its heritage and dedication to quality. Glenfiddich's range of whiskies, characterized by their distinctive fruity and floral notes, are made using water from the Robbie Dhu springs nearby and traditional methods perfected by the Grant family over the past century.

For this Whisky Under £50 feature we're going to focus on their 15 Year Old Solera. 

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera is part of their core collection. And, with a very respectable age statement, is a (sadly) increasingly rare 15 year old within the price bracket we're looking at.

A solera is a large vat - many, many times the size of a normal cask. It's design to help whiskies from individual casks marry together into the final single malt. Glenfiddich's solera has been kept continuously filled, to at least half level, since 1998. So while the minimum age of the whisky is 15 year old, small elements of your dram could be older.

Tasting notes

Nose: An intriguingly complex aroma. Sweet heather honey and vanilla fudge combined with rich dark fruits.

Palate: Silky smooth, revealing layers of sherry oak, marzipan, cinnamon and ginger. Full-bodied and bursting with flavour.

Finish: Satisfyingly rich with lingering sweetness.

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old

Try this whisky if you like...

Quality Speyside whiskies, and you're looking for something you can easily pick up from a wide range of retailers - even supermarkets. Reasonably priced for a quality single malt, you can pick up a bottle for around £45-50. At time of writing, available for £42 from Sainsbury's here, with a Nectar card (£50 without a Nectar card).

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