Glenfiddich 15 Solera Vat is a pure example of creativity in the new ‘Whisky Boom’. Whisky is aged for 15 years in European sherry and new oaks and then transferred to the Solera Vat to mellow down and capture new flavors.
The Solera Vat is inspired by the sherry bodegas of Spain and Portugal. It is a giant vatting cask of pine wood which was never emptied and always kept half full since 1998 to make sure new vatted 15 year old whisky gets some taste of older whiskies from the wood even from 1998.
I was lucky enough to see this giant barrel on the playground at the Glenfiddich Distillery. Such a marvelous artifact!
Aside from the production phase it is so rich and possess various surprising elements which makes it fun and pleasure to drink this great dram. Reminding me off eggnog -which is a cocktail I love- Glenfiddich 15 Solera Vat will be always a favorite whisky of mine.