Whisky Focus - Glenfiddich Winter Storm Icewine Cask Finish

Glenfiddich Winter Storm Icewine Cask Finish

21st September 2017
Introducing Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 year old which has been finished in unique Peller Estates Icewine casks

Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 year old

Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 year old single malt is the third release in the Speyside distillery's Experimental Series which was launched last year. What makes this new 21 year old expression experimental is that it has been finished for six months in French oak casks which previously contained Peller Estates Icewine which is a unique intensely sweet flavoured wine produced in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

What is different about Peller Estates Icewine is the way it is produced, it is a rare desert wine produced from the juice of naturally frozen grapes that have been picked in the middle of a cold Canadian winter.

Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman visited the Peller Estates at Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2016 and witnessed the grapes being harvested by moonlight at less than -10˚C. The frozen grapes are pressed immediately after picking, yielding just one drop of intensely flavourful juice per grape which goes on to produce an intensely flavourful Icewine.

It is these French oak casks which previously contained Peller Estates Icewine that Brian Kinsman has chosen to finish this latest addition to the Experimental Series in, but only for six months.

Kinsman commented on the new Glenfiddich Winter Ice, saying: "Only the rarer whiskies, those aged for 21 years, could cope with the extra ice wine intensity.

"Having more tannins, extracted from years in oak, these malts brought out a uniquely fresh lychee note instead of being swamped by sweetness."

Peller Estates vice president of winemaking, Craig McDonald, added: "We go to extreme lengths to produce our intensely sweet ice wine and are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of taste, so I was intrigued to see how it could be used to create a new, unexpected whisky.

"The resulting liquid is a unique combination of the warming soul of whisky and the frozen cold of ice wine."

The new experimental whisky joins the existing Experimental Series line up which were launched last year, the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and Project XX.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm is bottled at 43% ABV and is described as lusciously sweet, it is presented in a white ceramic bottle and embossed presentation box. It will be priced around 199 and will be released in two batches, the first batch in October 2017 followed by the 2nd batch in March 2018.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm will be available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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