First the 12. This dram gets a bad rap as it is a touch cheaper than the ubiquitous 12 year offering from The Glenlivet, but I think it has some characteristics that merit experiencing. The nose is light and floral. On the palate, I get pears and green apple. This whisky finishes crisp but does not linger. Overall, I'd happily pour a dram for the new Scotch drinker as it is utterly unintimidating. Score: 70.
The 15 is my favorite in this group, particularly given the value. Glenfiddich uses the Solera vatting system to marry this Scotch - everything gets married in a large vat that never goes below half full. So while the youngest whisky in the 15 year bottle is indeed 15 years old, I like to think I'm tasting a few notes, however diluted, from the additions made before my grandfather was born. On the nose I get figs, brown sugar and dried fruit. The palate is white chocolate, caramel and golden raisins. The finish on this one is long and lingering - probably my favorite part! Score: 83.