Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland
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: ★ ★ ★ ★★