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Whisky Guide: Help me choose

Glenfiddich: you've probably heard of it. That's because it's the most awarded* single malt whisky in the world and one of the best selling, too.

As such, it's pretty much guaranteed the recipient will get a bundle of joy from seeing one of these fine bottles wrapped up. The key is in figuring out which they'll appreciate most.

So you know, as a single malt, all the whisky is made from one grain (malted barley) and comes from one distillery, the Glenfiddich distillery, founded in Dufftown in 1887 by William Grant in the heart of Scotland's whisky making region called Speyside.

It's still owned by his descendants and is one of the few independent distilleries left in Scotland, which means there is a huge amount of care put into each bottle.

This guide will help you understand the nuances and characteristics that make each of these Glenfiddich whiskies stand out individually. All you have to do is sit back, relax and scroll through our tips so you can pick a perfectly delectable gift for the whisky lover in your life!

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyGlenfiddich 12 Year Old 

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This expression is your classic, fruity Speyside whisky, making it an excellent choice for those who like something fresh and light. As the signature expression for Glenfiddich, the 12 year old is one to enjoy any time of the year – your everyday, go-to drinking dram, if you will.

Aroma notes

A deliciously creamy whisky, with notes of melting brown sugar, butter, pears, toffee and just a hint of nutmeg-tinged spice.

Reasons they'll love it 

The 12 year old is perhaps the most flexible expression – you can enjoy it neat, with ice, a drop of water or in a cocktail. While still complex and layered, the fruitiness makes it pleasurable for all whisky lovers and is a staple in many regular whisky drinkers' cupboards.

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyGlenfiddich 15 Year Old

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A very special release, this was the first 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky to enter the world's top 10 best selling list. With loads of complexity and layers, this honeyed, spicy and gloriously crafted whisky is perfect for sharing with loved ones this holiday season.

Aroma notes

Smooth as silk, this whisky glides over the palate with notes of honey, milk chocolate covered ginger and rum and raisin fudge.

Reasons they'll love it 

A whisky for someone who already loves single malt or someone you know will take their time to appreciate something very special. Made from a combination of three cask styles – European, American and New American oak – the whiskies are mellowed together in a Solera vat, pioneered by Glenfiddich, to make a complex, connoisseur's dram.

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyGlenfiddich 18 Year Old

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A truly exceptional single malt, the result not just of eighteen years of care and attention, but of whisky-making craft and knowledge passed down through the generations. This whisky has extraordinary consistency and character from an intense marrying period, and a warming, distinguished finish.

Aroma notes

A remarkably rich aroma with ripe orchard fruit, baked apple and robust oak.

Reasons they'll love it

A rich, luxurious whisky with a wonderfully warming finish. Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks are used for maturation, imbuing a rich-bronze colour, dried fruit flavours and robust oaky nose. Connoisseurs and first-timers alike will appreciate the full, potent and uplifting experience of this single malt. Perfect for sharing a dram round a warm log fire on a cold winter's night!

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyGlenfiddich 21 Year Old

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After maturing our whisky for 21 years, our Malt Master adds even warmer and richer flavours by uniquely finishing this single malt in first fill bourbon barrels that once contained rum from the Caribbean. 

Aroma notes

Intense and vanilla sweet. Floral, hints of banana, figs, rich toffee, new leather and oak.

Reason's they'll love it

The rum-soaked cask infuses the aged whisky with a spicy warmth and indulgent vanilla and toffee sweetness, the character of the Caribbean shining through. This gives our whisky a sumptuous sweet intensity that is both rich and creamy yet still retains the unmistakable character of Glenfiddich.