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Glenfiddich Rich Oak 14 Year Old

25th February 2010
Glenfiddich branches into new territory with a pioneering virgin European oak cask whisky.

Delicately finished in untouched American and European oak casks, Glenfiddich today honours the distillery’s long history of wood mastery with the release of the 14 year old Glenfiddich Rich Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The use of untouched European oak casks is a first for the single malt whisky industry, and the Glenfiddich Rich Oak is the latest in a long line of groundbreaking whiskies from the world’s most awarded distillery. Rich Oak will be launched at Whisky Live, which takes place in London on the 26th and 27th February.

The Glenfiddich Rich Oak is testament to the pioneering spirit of the distillery’s founder William Grant, and the skill and precision required by Glenfiddich’s sixth Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, who has been instrumental throughout the final stages of a nurturing process that has given rise to a whisky of exceptional quality and flavour.

“At Glenfiddich, we pride ourselves in offering a range of pioneering single malts, so I feel truly honoured to be releasing a whisky that has been carefully crafted in the authentic Glenfiddich tradition, but that also has its own unique story to tell,” commented Brian Kinsman, Malt Master at Glenfiddich.

He continued; “I expect the new and complex harmony of rich flavours, derived from the virgin oak, will delight whisky lovers everywhere.”

To celebrate the whisky’s unique association with virgin European wood, Glenfiddich is planning to plant a Glenfiddich Oak Forest, to provide an ever-lasting legacy to the launch of Glenfiddich Rich Oak.

The current Chairman and fifth generation descendent of the distillery’s founder, Peter Gordon, will plant the first sapling in March 2010, ahead of a grand opening in November.

Glenfiddich Rich Oak Tasting Notes

Bottled at 40% ABV with a RRP of £30.99

Nose: Initially spicy oak notes and rich vibrant vanilla. Hints of freshly sawn wood and dried fruits, raisins and apricots. With time, some softer toffee notes appear, caramelised pear and gentle fragrant floral aromas.

Taste: Very lively. Mouth tingling and spicy on first tasting. The rich vanilla sweetness is followed up with zesty fruit flavours and some wood spice.

Finish: The finish lingers for a long time with warming, oak notes.

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