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Review: New Glenfiddich 1977 Vintage

September 25th, 2008

Glenfiddich (Cask #4414), 1977 Vintage, 54.1%, $750
Very elegant and refined. Obviously this whisky was aged in a pristine sherry cask. The flavors are very clean and well-defined. Gently sweet and fruity, with golden raisin, candy apple, and red raspberry jam. There’s delicate pineapple, dried cherry, coconut and vanilla too, with a polished oak finish. A very classy Glenfiddich. Not as bold and spicy as last year’s 1976 vintage (which I had a hand in selecting but, ironically, don’t like as much). This new vintage approaches the caliber of the 1973 Vintage release from two years ago which I still think is the best one in recent years.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91

4 Responses to “Review: New Glenfiddich 1977 Vintage”

  1. ian millar says:

    John
    Don’t beat yourself up over the. Difference between the 77 and the 76 from last year, it’s all down to personal preference. We tasted both alongside a couple of weeks ago at Binneys in Chicago and the 76 was preferred.
    See you in San Fran.
    Best
    Ian

  2. John Hansell says:

    Ian, I’m beginning to feel better already… ;)

    You’re right though. They are different in personality. I could see one gravitating towards the one vintage or the other.

    What I would do, though, for a bottle of that 1973 vintage from two years ago. That was wonderful stuff!

  3. neil says:

    Hey John, hope all is well. We also tasted this great whisky at the end of last weeks’ launch in London- seems like 1977 was a great year for whiskies!

    Our tasting notes are up at http://www.caskstrength.net

    Slainte!,
    Neil

  4. John Hansell says:

    A very nice whisky indeed. It’s interesting to see how each vintage varies.

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