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Glenfiddich Single Malt

The Glenfiddich Solera
Reserve 15–Year Old
Single Malt Scotch Whisky


By Robert Plotkin

Scotch enthusiasts are different from the average spirits drinker. They're driven by the sense of discovery and the desire to sample new releases and unconventional bottlings. It’s like an urban adventure. Sitting atop the aficionados' roster of intriguing whiskies is The Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, a one-of-a-kind Speyside whisky from the makers of the bestselling single malt in the world.

As its name suggests, the Solera Reserve malt is aged according to a system developed by sherry producers in Jerez, Spain. The process is as fascinating as the whisky is delicious. It begins with Glenfiddich's Master Distiller assembling barrels of 15-year old whiskies that possess the distinctive attributes necessary to create the extraordinary finished malt. Some of the malts selected were aged in sherry butts, others in bourbon barrels, with the rest in new oak casks.

The constituent whiskies are blended together in a large, handcrafted oak vat and allowed to rest and fully integrate. When the blend is deemed ready for bottling, half the malt in the Solera reservoir is drawn off and replaced with an equal volume of similarly comprised 15-year old malts. In this way, the batch of whisky remaining in the vat can "educate" the newly added malts, thus ensuring consistency between bottlings.

The Glenfiddich Solera Reserve Single Malt is altogether unforgettable. The whisky has a velvety medium-weight body, a bouquet rich with the aromas of sherry and smoky oak and a magnificent array of floral, semisweet flavors. The finish is long and extraordinarily satisfying.