Whisky Focus - Glenfiddich Age of Discovery 19 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery 19 Year Old

7th March 2011

Glenfiddich has unveiled their first ever 19 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in oak casks previously used to age fine Madeira wine. Age of Discovery Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish celebrates the pioneering spirit of Portuguese explorers in the 15th Century.

Pioneering the sea routes from Europe to Thailand and Malaysia in search for the sea passage to India, Portuguese explorers established the city of Macao, in China, gave Taiwan the name ilha Formosa (Beautiful Island) and discovered the islands of Porto Santo and Madeira, revolutionising our understanding of the world.

Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman commented: "The pioneering spirit of these explorers has stayed with us across centuries and we are delighted to be launching a range of whiskies which celebrate and remember the Age of Discovery."

"In 1886, our founder, William Grant set out on his very own journey to fulfil a lifelong ambition. With the help of his family he built The Glenfiddich Distillery by hand and, nearly 125 years later, this pioneering spirit remains."

"At Glenfiddich, we pride ourselves in offering a range of pioneering single malts, so it’s truly wonderful to release ‘Age of Discovery’ Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish, which is the first time Glenfiddich has used Madeira casks to finish a whisky, and celebrates the pioneering spirit we share with such intrepid explorers."

‘Age of Discovery’ Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish boasts striking packaging. The black glass bottle is embellished with a red cartouche compass and encased in an outer display box, adorned with creative illustrations, mapping out the travels of Portuguese explorers.

Rich and delicious, 19 year old ‘Age of Discovery’ Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish has aromas of ripe fig, caramelised fruit and spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper.

The Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish was bottled at 40% ABV and will be exclusively available in Global Travel Retail and The Glenfiddich Distillery Shop for one year before rolling into the wider retail market from February 2012.

It has RRP of £75.00 in Global Travel Retail and £90.00 in the Glenfiddich Distillery Shop.

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A deep earthy aroma of sweet ripe figs and orange marmalade form a backdrop to bright notes of fresh gooseberries and grapes ripening on the vine

Taste: Rich and spicy, cinnamon and crushed black pepper rest on a base of deep earthy notes, caramelised fruits, crystallised ginger, raisins and hints of dry oak. The texture is satisfying, silky smooth.

Finish: Pleasingly dry with warmth that fades into a lingering sweet marmalade finish.

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