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Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage

9th September 2013
Glenfiddich Single Malt Single Cask whisky released to mark 125th anniversary.

Today Glenfiddich unveiled the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, a very rare single cask bottling which has been personally hand selected by the Grant family to mark the 125th anniversary of the Glenfiddich. This limited edition 25 Year Old whisky is the latest addition to the coveted Glenfiddich Rare Collection. Limited to only 286 bottles and bottled at 55.2% ABV.

This special whisky is steeped in history. It was casked in a European oak sherry butt on Christmas Day 1987, Glenfiddich’s centenary anniversary. A quarter of a century later, Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman pre-selected a small number of the special centenary casks so that on the 125th anniversary of the first spirit running from the distillery’s stills, Glenfiddich founder William Grant’s great-great grandson Peter Gordon and his son Dougal could choose cask number 19996 to become the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage.

Commenting on the release, Company Director Peter Gordon said: "It was an honour to select this whisky. Born of two momentous anniversaries for our distillery, this whisky truly reflects the pioneering spirit that has underpinned our 125 year history and my great-great grandfather’s legacy of making ‘the best dram in the valley’."

Bronze in colour, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has a nose of rich fruit cake, toasted almonds and cinnamon flavours, underpinned by a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness, allowing hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee. On the tongue, it takes on a beautiful velvety texture, rich and spicy with a sweet sherbet flavour. The depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness, which is decadently succeeded by a long-lasting, sweet, oaky finish.

Brian Kinsman, Malt Master added: "Bottled from just one European oak sherry cask and testament to the uniqueness of this exclusive whisky, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has a cask-strength ABV of 55.2%. Glenfiddich has been family run since 1887 and with the freedom of independence and the foresight of long term planning, we have created the largest collection of single malt stock anywhere in the world. It allows to us to create exceptional and fantastic tasting whisky."

To complement a whisky of this calibre, prestige and quality, each individually numbered bottle is finished with a rustic copper and blue design and is presented in its own beautiful case.

The Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage will be available from today (9th September) before the strictly limited bottles travel from the distillery to whisky connoisseurs and prestigious establishments around the world. Each bottle will sell for a minimum of £699.

Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bronze.

Nose: Rich fruit cake, toasted almonds, cinnamon and a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness. Hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee.

Taste: A beautiful velvety texture. Rich and spicy with a sweet sherbety flavour, the depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness.

Finish: Long lasting with a sweet oakiness.

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