# 546 • Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition

43% alc./vol.
Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland

Another Glenfiddich special that I had the opportunity to taste some time ago thanks to Québec Whisky, the Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition.

Glenfiddich released this very special expression in 2012 to mark their 125 years of whiskey production. A nice combination of peaty and non-peaty malts aged in an amalgam of bourbon and sherry casks, the proportion pulling more towards the latter. A beautiful packaging for a beautiful festive dram.

As the German engineer said so well Hellmuth Walter (1900-1980) said so well:

Even the most idiotic have their day of glory: their birthday.

Very rich and enticing amber.

Nose:
A superbly subtle underlying smoke warmly envelops notes of fruit, honey, orange and pepper.

Taste:
Vanilla, apples and cocoa. Small dried fruits, oak and a return of vanilla. all wrapped in hot foreign peat.

Finish:
Long and subtle. Stretches over hints of pepper, fruit and oak. Once again, we are bewitched by this diffuse and refractory peat.

Balance:
It's more than refreshing to see Glenfiddich come out of his comfort zone and play so masterfully with this allochthonous peat.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

# 545 • Glenfiddich 21 years old Gran Reserva

40% alc./vol.
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.

Nose:
Quite sweet, caramel, malt, honey, vanilla. Rather ordinary for his age. Return of the caramel.

Taste:
Sweet and spicy at the same time. Honey and woody. Nice influence of the rum cask.

Finish:
Astringency of the wood reminiscent of a sherry cask with some rather bitter notes.

Balance:
Maybe I'm too demanding, but this traffic jam doesn't make me hot or cold.

Note: ★★★★★