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.
A superbly subtle underlying smoke warmly envelops notes of fruit, honey, orange and pepper.
Vanilla, apples and cocoa. Small dried fruits, oak and a return of vanilla. all wrapped in hot foreign peat.
Long and subtle. Stretches over hints of pepper, fruit and oak. Once again, we are bewitched by this diffuse and refractory peat.
It's more than refreshing to see Glenfiddich come out of his comfort zone and play so masterfully with this allochthonous peat.
Note: ★ ★ ★ ★★
Cameronbridge Distillery, Leven, Highlands, Scotland
In about 2015, we were treated to a highly anticipated grain whiskey, a spirit spearheaded by none other than David Beckham, produced by Diageo's Cameronbridge distillery, the Haig Club.
Cameronbridge was founded in 1824 by John Haig, taking inspiration from his legendary ancestor Robert Haig who was said to have had his hand in 1655 distilled on the Sabbath! His grain whiskey has always been used in many Scottish blends, Haig has now decided to follow the fashion and offer us a single grain expression.
As the American comedian Julius Henry Marx, better known by the nickname of Groucho Marx (1890-1977) said so well:
An intellectual is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.
As pale as an albino.
Heated rubber, vanilla, cumin and oak. Slightly sweet grain. Smells very much alcohol for a whiskey diluted to 40%, which has the effect of hiding its more complex aspects well.
Very creamy and sweet. pears and melon, vanilla and oak. Much better executed than on the nose.
A few spices full of alcohol remain in the mouth for a long time with a touch of oak. Ginger and vanilla.
I have a hard time justifying the price of a bottle like this. David Beckham clearly doesn't drink whiskey. As some would say, I have no hesitation in calling him the "Beats by Dre" of the whiskey world.