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Glenfiddich 15 vs Macallan 15: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Glenfiddich 15 vs Macallan 15 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve

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  • Nose: Sherry, orange, oak.
  • Palate: Sherry, orange, cinnamon, ginger and oak.
  • Finish: Oak spice, sherry.

The nose is high in sherry aroma up-front, followed by hints of orange and subtle oak.

On the palate, Glenfiddich 15 has a decent body without being creamy or watery. Flavor is mostly sherry and light orange, followed by hints of ginger and oak.

The finish is medium-length bringing some oak spice, yet nothing severe and more sherry which is the common theme from nose to finish.

Glenfiddich 15 is a step-up over the Glenfiddich 12. It has a smooth, perhaps a little too smooth, sweet taste, with a strong sherry and orange note.

This is not the richest whisky but it is an easy drinker, with hardly any burn at a great price offering good value for the money.

If you feel spicy notes on the finish add a few drops of water. Just two or three drops are enough to tune it down and make it sweeter.

Overall, Glenfiddich 15 is a straight up sherried Scotch, neither bad nor great at a very attractive price making a good candidate for an everyday Scotch.

What makes this whisky interesting is that it was aged in three different types of casks: ex bourbon, ex-sherry, and new virgin American oak.

The whisky is then vatted into a Solera System similar to those used for the aging of Sherry wine. Once aged the whisky is married for a further period in Portuguese oak tuns to achieve consistency.

Learn how it compares to the Glenlivet 15!

There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:

  • Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV).

  • Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky produced by William Grant & Sons in Moray.

  • Glenfiddich means “valley of the deer” in Gaelic, which is reflected in Glenfiddich’s stag logo.

  • The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant and the first whisky saw the light on Christmas Day 1887.

  • Glenfiddich is the best-selling single malt Scotch across the globe.

Macallan 15 Double Cask

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  • Nose: Cinnamon, apple, raisins, oak.
  • Palate: Burnt oak, butterscotch, dark chocolate, hazelnuts.
  • Finish: Tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon, minerals.

The first taste comes a bit peppery but it settles nicely as you let it breathe.

Macallan 15 offers butterscotch taste up front with a delicious dark chocolate hint and a rich oak note. 

Pleasant warmth hit in the back of the throat and is easy and smooth going down. Finish is toasty, long, and very tasty with touch of chocolate.

This is an excellent single malt, smooth and satisfying.

You can drink it either neat or rocks but it does not make a good mixer; stick to cheap blends to make cocktails as all whiskies become the same when drowned in fruity juices.

Overall, the Macallan 15 is good single malt, with deep tasting notes, not overly sweet and nicely balanced.

It shows some warmth, though, but nothing overwhelming and can be tuned-down with one or two drops of water.

I have included the Macallan among the best 15 year old whiskeys you can buy today!

There are a few facts worth knowing about this whisky:

  • Bottled at 86 proof (43% ABV).

  • Aged for 15 years in a combination of American and European oak casks seasoned with sherry wine from Spain.

  • Macallan does not use caramel-coloring to make the whisky look nicer, this practice is allowed under the set of rules that govern Scotch whisky but Macallan refrains from such questionable practice.

  • The Macallan Distillery was founded in 1824 and is located in Moray, Scotland.

  • Macallan is a Speyside Whisky, the most densely populated Whisky region in the world. Speyside whiskies are known for being low in peat and full of fruit and are commonly matured in Sherry casks.

Glenfiddich 15 vs Macallan 15: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskyPrice
Glenfiddich 15$79
Macallan 15$157

Glenfiddich 15 vs Macallan 15: Which is better?

The Macallan is more satisfying dram

WhiskeyGlenfiddich 15Macallan 15
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Finish
Value
  • The Macallan is a complex, interesting, tasty and yet smooth dram and more satisfying than the overly sweet and plain Glenfiddich 15.

  • Even though there is a huge price differential between the two the Glenfiddich still not provides great value for the money as there are more affordable and better tasting sherried single malts such as the Glenmorangie or GlenDronach, that I recommend you look into.

Glenfiddich and Macallan are Speyside Whiskies

Speyside is the most densely populated Whisky region in the world. These whiskies are known for being low in peat and full of fruit, are commonly matured in Sherry casks and expensive.

Glenlivet, Glenrothes, Aberlour, Balvenie are other distillers in this renowned area.

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