# 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: ★ ★ ★ ★

# 543 • Glenfiddich 19 years old Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

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

Since a Glenfiddich do not wait for the other, I will continue here with an expression in the same vein as the last, the Glenfiddich 19 year old Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish.

Part of the “Age of Discovery” series, exclusive to the duty-free market, this 19-year-old single malt has been matured, as its name suggests, in red wine barrels. Not just any, South American red wine. Why? To commemorate the journey of HMS Beagle, who went to South America in 1831, with none other than Charles Darwin on board, to collect fossils that will be used to support the theory of evolution.

As the English naturalist and paleontologist rightly said Charles Darwin (1809-1882) said so well:

What a good thing it would be if scientists died at 60, because past that age their opposition to any new theory is certain.

Still the classic Speyside amber, this time with a slight reddish tinge.

Nose:
Barley, oak, berries and red wine. Touch of tropical fruits. Rather happy I would say.

Taste:
Raisins, vanilla and butter cookies. A sturdy oak tree supports it all, soaked in honey. Vinous.

Finish:
Warm, long, spicy, dry and chocolatey. A fireplace edge dram.

Balance:
Much better than the other offerings in the "Age of Discovery" series. A brilliant success in the “Finishing in wine barrels (fortified or not)” category.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★