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Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

21st January 2013
Glenfiddich embarks on Darwinian voyage of discovery with new, exclusive whisky

Today, Glenfiddich released the third whisky in there popular travel retail exclusive ‘Age of Discovery’ whisky range; the Glenfiddich ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish.

Like the first two bottlings in the series, the Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish and Bourbon Cask Reserve it has been aged for at least 19 years but this time it has been finished in casks which previously housed the full bodied red wines produced in South America. Glenfiddich tell me that the Glenfiddich ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish is an adventurous whisky, bursting with flavour and inspired by Charles Darwin’s legendary voyage.

It is a very unique expression of Glenfiddich, it marks the first time ever in Glenfiddich’s history that a whisky has been finished in red wine casks. The ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish takes its influence from the renowned journey of HMS Beagle. Setting sail from Plymouth, England in 1831, its passengers included Charles Darwin, a young naturalist, who was invited onboard to record his observations as they explored the South American coast line.

Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman commented: "Inspired by Darwin’s famous voyage, this extraordinarily rich single malt Scotch whisky is finished in oak casks previously used to produce the smooth complex wines of South America. After years of maturation, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have combined with the oak to deliver exceptional smoothness, complimented by warm spicy notes with sweet berry flavours lending a velvety sweetness."

He continued: "I have married together some of our most exciting whiskies to create this exclusive new whisky which truly celebrates and reflects pioneering spirit."

Adorned with striking illustrations that map the route of Charles Darwin’s journey, the bespoke packaging of ‘Age of Discovery’ Glenfiddich Red Wine Cask Finish showcases this unique expedition. Meanwhile the deep red box and the black glass bottle, embellished with a red cartouche compass, reflects the richness and exclusivity of this whisky, making it an ideal gift for the adventurous and discerning drinker.

The ‘Age of Discovery’ range celebrates the intrepid journeys of the most determined pioneers. The first in the range and released in 2011, ‘Age of Discovery’ Madeira Cask Finish, is inspired by the passage of the 15th century Portuguese explorers who discovered Macau and Madeira and revolutionised our understanding of the world. This was followed by the ‘Age of Discovery’ Bourbon Cask Reserve in 2012, which marks the long journeys taken along the Mississippi in the deep American South in the 19th century.

Completing the trio, the ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish was bottled at 40% and has aromas of toasted marshmallow, red berry and vanilla oak tannin - ripe fruits and a hint of woody spice. It will be available exclusively in Global Travel Retail from January 2013.

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish
Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Toasted marshmallow, red berry and vanilla oak tannin - ripe fruits and a hint of woody spice.

Taste: Spicy notes on first taste – deep and smooth with velvety sweetness. Rich oak notes and berry sweetness.

Finish: Sweet with a long lingering tannin.

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