Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Speyside, Scotland
Today I'm revisiting a limited edition expression of the world's best-selling single malt, the Glenfiddich 19 years old Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish.
With this collection, Glenfiddich pays homage to the Portuguese explorers who were the first to discover the islands of Porto Santo and Madeira in 1419, marking the beginning of the “Age of the Great Discoveries”. The distillery aligns itself somewhat with this pioneering spirit, as it is the first to create a Single Malt and export it outside of mainland Scotland.
Today's dram was first aged in bourbon and sherry barrels, then matured in Madeira wine barrels. See where we were going?
As the 7th Prince de Condé, Duke of Bourbon, Duke d'Enghien and Duke de Guise, Peer of France, Duke of Bellegarde and Count of Sancerre said so well, Louis IV Henri de Bourbon-Condé (1692-1740) said so well:
True pioneers leave everything behind.
Almost apricot amber, with pretty plump legs not too rushed.
Oak and honey strike first, followed by barley, vanilla and orange. Nothing fancy, I expected a little more.
Oily texture, black liquorice, tuft and spices. Clementines, honey and dry oak. Much more personality than on the nose.
Moderately long, it serves flavors of honey, brown sugar and flowers. Lightweight tire and leather.
A solid Glenfiddich, although we perceive less than we would like the influence of Madeira. There is of course also the fact that it is not because a whiskey has to be at least 40% minimum that you have to stick to that.