Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

Mashtun notes:

This was the first peated Glenfiddich we have reviewed for the site, it was an interesting experience.  The nose gave us coal fires, toffee, malt, and a little orange peel. It actually has the feel of a Jura to be honest. The palate was earthy and had burnt embers, dark fruits, orange, and some familiar Glenfiddich notes. The finish was medium, slightly bitter in places, and ended with caramel and peat embers. It had a dark golden colour and soft and syrupy texture. Letting this whisky breathe didn’t do much and we didn’t add any water as we felt it didn’t need it.

We can see why some people would like this but on the whole it didn’t have enough going on for us. We do drink a lot of peated whisky though so are possibly judging it harshly than others would. You can still purchase this whisky but this particular bottling was repackaged due to the fact it states ‘Pure Single Malt’ on the packaging (which is a no-no nowadays), this may be why it commands a big price as there’s a finite supply.

Overall MashTun Score = 64/100

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

The name Caoran comes from the Gaelic for 'Peat Ember', reflecting the special character of this single malt. Its inspiration comes from times past and the pioneering ways of the Glenfiddich malt men who in the days of coal shortages used greater amounts of peat to dry the malted barley. The resulting earthy smokiness perfectly complements the fruit notes so characteristic of Glenfiddich Single Malt.

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Notes: 40% ABV Blended Whisky. 12 year old peated Glenfiddich. This whisky was released at around £40 per bottle but due to the fact it’s now a ‘hard to find’ whisky it can now sell for around £170 per bottle.

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

Nose:

Peat, alcohol, quite like a Jura to be honest

Palate:

Burnt embers and earth

Finish:

Medium and quite ‘light’ for a peated dram

Colour:

Light gold

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Brings out some medicinal notes

Water:

Didn’t add any

Overall score and comments:

65/100 – This is the first peated offering I have tried from Glenfiddich. I did enjoy some aspects but it didn’t have enough going on for my liking.

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

Nose:

Coal fire, red fruits, characteristic Glenfiddich burnt toffee and malt nose

Palate:

Thin on the palate, mild peat notes don’t get in the way of familiar Glenfiddich roughness

Finish:

Slightly bitter, medium-length finish, caramel

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Soft and syrupy

Air:

Didn’t do a lot

Water:

Didn’t add any

Overall score and comments:

61/100 – Disappointing for me, it’s a more refined version of the familiar Glenfiddich with added peat notes but otherwise a bit dull.

Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve

Nose:

Fruit and concentrated orange peel!

Palate:

Small burnt wood notes mixed with orange.

Finish:

For me just at the end you get why this was named ‘the peat ember’ – licks of salty peated smoke.

Colour:

Dark Gold

Texture:

Light

Air:

Didn’t do a lot

Water:

Don’t add any!

Overall score and comments:

65/100 – Probably my favourite Glenfiddich thus far (but I haven’t drank a great deal of releases from Glenfiddich).

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