Review: Glenfiddich 14 Year Rich Oak

Glenfiddich Rich Oak is an expression that isn’t available in the US. I first tried it at the Glenfiddich distillery and knew I wanted more so I found it in a duty free shop a few months later.

This whisky is aged for 14 years in ex-bourbon casks before being finished for a short period in virgin American and Spanish oak. It’s bottled at 40% so, you know… but it’s still worth checking out.

Glenfiddich 14 Year Rich Oak - 40% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Golden Amber
Nose The nose on this takes me straight to the lumber aisle of Home Depot. You know… if the 2x4s were covered in maple syrup and all-spice. Water brings forward a bit more honey sweetness.
Taste Super spicy! This one really attacks the tongue. The dried fruit provides a base in this palate, but it’s all about the oak and the spices with this whisky. Water cuts the spice down considerably and gives the vanilla some room to breathe.
Finish An oaky, dry finish. Wow, it really sucks the moisture out of your mouth. With water, it’s even woodier but still really dry.
Overall Thoughts Overall Thoughts: I first had a dram of this with Ian Millar, global brand ambassador and former distillery manager for Glenfiddich. It was actually the first of many incredible whiskies I had that day, but that’s a story for another time 🙂 I asked Ian why we don’t see this on shelves in the United States and he told me that it’s because the 15 year does so well in the states that they don’t want to cannibalize those sales with a 14 year old offering (of course now there's a 14 year on US shelves anyway). In any case, I picked this bottle up at the duty free shop on the way home from Canada a few months ago. I prefer this one over the 15 year and I wish it was easier to get in the US because it’s truly unlike any core range Glenfiddich out there. Highly recommended!
Total Score 87/100