# 505 • Glenfiddich Cask Collection - Select Cask

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Select Cask

40% alc./vol.
Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

Still today an expression of the best-selling single malt in the world, the plebeian Glenfiddich.

We taste a traffic jam from their “Cask Collection” series, the Select Cask. Each was used in the composition of this whiskey is carefully selected by the master distiller, Brian Kinsman before being transferred to a vat at Solera, just like the 15 year old.

As the American journalist, writer and screenwriter put it so well Benjamin MacKinlay Kantor (1904-1977) said so well:

It gets really bad when you start looking like your ID card photo…

Nose:
Cream, green apples and soft cereals, with a hint of alcohol. Peppery dry oak, clementines and peaches, even nectarine.

Taste:
Apple pie, cinnamon, brown sugar, spices, oak, raisins and nuts. Not mean, but a little too diffuse and aggressive for my taste. Any texture. Tip of red wine.

Finish:
Spices and wood envelop us in their warmth, then leave us with a little wave of pepper and dried orange peel.

Balance:
A good scotch anyway, but a Glenfiddich who seems to be looking for his identity.

Note: ★★★★★40% alc./vol.

# 504 • Kilchoman New Spirit Bourbon Cask

Kilchoman New Spirit

63.5% alc./vol.
Kilchoman Distillery, Kilchoman, Islay, Scotland

We're having another little Islay boy, Kilchoman distributed at the distillery a dozen years ago… not quite a whiskey, the Kilchoman New Spirit Bourbon Cask!

The Kilchoman Distillery was founded in June 2005 on the farmland of Rockside. It is the first new distillery to be built on the island of Islay in more than a century. More than a third of the barley used to make whiskey is grown on the farm and malted at the distillery. Its first barrel of whiskey was filled on December 15, 2005, and will be bottled in 2008. Kilchoman has bottled each year since the first distillation their new-spirit in order to launch their product and to reveal the whole evolution of their alcohol from distillation to bottling.

This small sample of new make was distilled on July 27, 2007 and bottled on February 26, 2008, at 50 PPM of peat. Alas a whiskey that you could only get at the time and only at the distillery shop via their website.

As the French architect said so well Auguste Ricard de Montferrand (1786-1858) said so well:

A mortally annoying person is someone who deprives you of solitude without obtaining company ...

Nose:
Very earthy and green peat, almost like Ardbeg. This peat does a good job of hiding the youth of the new make, you hardly perceive molasses. Red fruit, cream and roasted malt. Washed stone.

Taste:
Beautiful oily texture, salted caramel and vanilla, malt, oily peat. Delicious. Almost no trace of the new make. Potential spices.

Finish:
Peppery oak. Green peat, washed stone and wet earth. Nice length, with an oily impression in the mouth which lasts pleasantly.

Balance:
Incredibly tasty. From their conception, Kilchoman's very first malts were intended for great things.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★