Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland
We go back to Glenfiddich after a little break, and because the world's best-selling single malt doesn't just produce entry-level, here is the Glenfiddich 21 year old Gran Reserva.
It is called the Gran Reserva because it spends the last four months of its maturation in Gran Reserva rum barrels, which contributes to its complexity.
As the last favorite of King Louis XV, Jeanne Bécu, also known as Mademoiselle de Vaubernier and Madame du Barry (1743-1793) said so well:
Why always wait for a better opportunity and reserve? The best is always present, we waste ourselves by dint of reserving ourselves.
Amber of the beautiful neutral rum.
Quite sweet, caramel, malt, honey, vanilla. Rather ordinary for his age. Return of the caramel.
Sweet and spicy at the same time. Honey and woody. Nice influence of the rum cask.
Astringency of the wood reminiscent of a sherry cask with some rather bitter notes.
Maybe I'm too demanding, but this traffic jam doesn't make me hot or cold.