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Glenfiddich Cask Of Dreams Nordic Oak Edition

19th June  2013
William Grant launches limited edition Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Nordic Oak.

William Grant has announced the launch of the Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Nordic Oak Edition, a limited edition expression which has been finished in Nordic Oak.

Like the earlier Cask of Dreams editions such as the Canadian and US editions Glenfiddich ran a "Cask of Dreams" tour. During Autumn 2012, Glenfiddich visited over 100 cities throughout Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland with 13 unique Nordic oak casks. At selected locations, visitors could write their dreams directly on the cask. At the end of the tour the casks were sent to the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland to be used to finish a special limited edition expression of Glenfiddich.

Of these dreams, elected representatives from Glenfiddich picked out a winner and fulfilled their life time dream which was to attend the Isle of Man TT races.

This new expression was recently launched in conjunction with Viking Line onboard its famous ‘whisky fest’ vessel the Cinderella, along with an exclusive tasting by David Francis – Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador.

The launch and tasting, which took place at the Glenfiddich Bar onboard the ship, was attended by many of Sweden’s Whisky connoisseurs and formed part of Viking Line’s ongoing Whisky Fest.

The use of the Nordic oak casks to finish this special limited edition expression was quite a bold decision by Glenfiddich as they couldn't be 100% sure of how the Nordic oak would influence the whisky as this is the first time a Scotch whisky has ever been matured in Oak casks made in the Nordic and from Oak grown in the Nordic but I suppose you can say this falls inline with Glenfiddich's pioneering spirit.

So how did this unique Nordic Cask finish turn out? The Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman had this to say: "Maturing over a winter in the Nordic Oak casks has brought exciting flavours to the liquid. The flavour is rich and sweet with a vanilla and oak character, you may even feel a taste of cedar trees."

It will come as no surprise to hear that this latest limited edition is already being sourced by collectors all over the world; bottled at 48.8% ABV, there are a total of 3,600 100cl bottles in the world and the Viking Line will carry 1008.

Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams will be available exclusively on the Viking Line for travel retail and the rest of the bottles will be launched in the various Nordic (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland) domestic markets. The recommended consumer price of this limited release will be €110.

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