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Glenfiddich Cask Collection


26th November 2013
Introducing three new travel retail exclusive Glenfiddich whiskies each produced using Glenfiddich's innovative Solera Vat process.

Glenfiddich have unveiled not one but three new whiskies which will form their new travel retail exclusive Glenfiddich Cask Collection. The three exclusive single malt Scotch whiskies have been created using Glenfiddich’s innovative Solera Vat process which they pioneered back in 1998 to create the superb and now very popular Glenfiddich 15 year old.

The new travel retail Glenfiddich Cask Collection consists of Glenfiddich Select Cask, Glenfiddich Reserve Cask and the peaty Glenfiddich Vintage Cask, with each expression in the new collection having been crafted to deliver its own distinct flavour profile by Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman.

The characteristics of each of the three new whiskies are a result of maturation in a variety of oak casks followed by a finish for at least 2 months in Glenfiddich's pioneering Solera Vats, it is bottled only when it is deemed ready by Glenfiddich's Malt Master, Brian Kinsman. This innovatively unique technique guarantees the continuity of the whisky's flavour and taste by ensuring that the vat is never less than half full and is constantly replenished.

As you can see in the video Glenfiddich have constructed three new Solera Vats in Warehouse 8 at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, one for each of the three new whiskies in the Glenfiddich Cask Collection. The three new vats will be used exclusively to create the three whiskies in the new collection which will eventually replace the Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 year old on the shelves of travel retail shops, so if you want to taste the new whiskies you had better dust off your passport.

About the three new Glenfiddich Cask Collection expressions:

Glenfiddich Select Cask:
Matured in hand-selected aged Bourbon, European oak and red wine casks, then finished for at least 2 months in the Select Cask Solera Vat. 1 litre bottle, bottled at 40% ABV. RRP: £40.00

Glenfiddich Reserve Cask:
Matured in distinctive Spanish sherry casks, then finished for at least 2 months in the Reserve Cask Solera Vat. 1 litre bottle, bottled at 40% ABV. RRP: £50.00

Glenfiddich Vintage Cask:
Spirit produced using peated barley then matured in European oak and American Bourbon casks. 70cl bottle, bottled at 40% ABV. RRP: £80.00

To read my review of the three new whiskies follow the links below but I can tell you they are three quality new whiskies from Glenfiddich. You may have noticed that I haven't mentioned the age of any of the three new whiskies, that is because none of them carry an age statement but I can say having tasted them the absent age statement doesn't matter to the taste as there is absolutely no sign of youth, quite the opposite.

The Glenfiddich Select Cask has a lovely balance of delicate vanilla, barley sweetness, candied fruit and oak spice. The Glenfiddich Reserve Cask is deliciously smooth, sweet and spicier with each mouthful. The Glenfiddich Vintage Cask has the fruity sweet Glenfiddich notes we know and love but coated in a lovely unique smokiness.

I will predict that these will be very popular indeed and it is a pity that you will need a passport to get hold of them. Definitely three whiskies to watch for next time you are passing through the airport.
 

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Review & Tasting Notes


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