Glenfiddich Gran Reserva, Caribbean Rum Cask, 21-year-old (40%)
Shy. A grassy note. Quite perfumy and enticing in time. Water chestnut. Very elegant.
Smooth, satisfying. Oak is well integrated. Pear. Orange and almond tart. Spices burst out after the sweet release.
Medium, refreshing. Slightly nutty.
Delivers more than expected. Seems a bit bland at start but it displays an attractive array of aromas and flavours on time. The rum influence is under control.
Martine Nouet - Whisky Magazine Issue 61 Nose
Mature. Malty with dark chocolate-covered strawberries, some prune. With water becomes musky with hints of cedar and a gentle relaxed sweetness held in check by quite firm oak.
Softer than the nose suggests and significantly sweeter. Layers of fruits, cocoa, syrup, demerara sugar, coffee.
Cigar-like then softens and sweetens.
Great balance. An exemplary finish.
Dave Broom - Whisky Magazine Issue 61
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Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside
William Grant founded Glenfiddich in 1886 from second-hand equipment bought at a bargain price from nearby distillery Cardhu. It is located near the small river whose name it bears in Dufftown in the heart of Speyside. It produced its first whisky on Christmas Day 1887. The glen of the river Fiddich gives its name to the biggest-selling single malt whisky in the world. The Glenfiddich distillery is on the small river whose name it bears, in Dufftown.
The name Fiddich indicates that the river runs in the valley of the deer and indeed a stag is the company's emblem. Although the distillery no longer produces its own malt, pagodas have been added to some of the newer buildings in a salute to tradition. One uniquely truly traditional element is the use of coal-fired stills - the stills are small, and the whisky is principally aged in plain oak, though about 10% goes into sherry casks. The distillery is unusual in that it has its own bottling line on the premises, with the only other malt distillery with bottling facilities being Springbank. William Grant brought his eight children into the business, and the company is still directed and managed by his descendants. Today it is the world's best-selling malt whisky,
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.
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An almost impossibly brightly hued golden colour in the glass, this immediately transports you to a balmy Bajan evening by the beach. The welcoming nose offers sugared almonds, fresh coconut, some spice and the olfactory equivalent of the “hiss” as you open an ice-cold bottle of Ting. The palate is pure Speyside, with touches of orchard fruits and vanilla interwoven with some fig and pecan nut. The finish hurtles across the Atlantic and back, with fudge, molasses, Scottish tablet, and Jerk spices – allspice, clove, ginger. Drink this with alternating earfuls of Franz Ferdinand/Biffy Clyro (or even the Bay City Rollers!) and Bob Marley’s Exodus. Or, maybe, while watching seminal James Bond film Dr No, starring a Scotsman, filmed in the Caribbean.
Rob Whitehead, Buyer (June 2019)
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