The Glenfiddich 19 year old Age of
Discovery Madeira Cask Finish is the
first release in a new "Age of
Discovery" range from Glenfiddich which
ties in with the Glenfiddich Explorers
web site theme.
Not only is this the
first release in the new range it is
also the first ever 19 year old Glenfiddich
release as well as being the first ever
Glenfiddich to be finished in Madeira
On top of that the whisky is the first creation of
Glenfiddich’s Malt Master Brian Kinsman who is
only the sixth Malt Master the distillery has had since its
foundation in 1886.
Brian took up the position of
Glenfiddich Malt Master
in December 2010 after serving an eight
year apprenticeship under the previous
Malt Master, the legendary David
Glenfiddich 19 year old Age of Discovery
Madeira Cask Finish may not be new to
some of you as it has spent the past
year exclusively available in travel
retail only. I was lucky enough to have
the pleasure of a bottle when it was
released last year but as it has just
been released in the general domestic
market at the beginning of this month I
thought I would have another look at it.
This first release in the Age of
Discovery range 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.
Madeira is an intensely sweet fortified
wine from the island of the same name,
which is situated off the west coast of
Africa. The majority of the Madeira
casks used for this expression came from
the warehouses of Henrique & Henrique
who are widely considered one of the
island's top producers.
The whisky boasts some striking
packaging which definitely makes it
stand out on the shelf. 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.
Bottled at 40% ABV and available from
whisky specialist shops, RRP £90.