As you may or may not know, Glenfiddich, was founded in 1887 by William Grant and family run to this day, is perhaps the most famous of all of Scotland’s single malts and is equally famous for the rarity of its single cask bottling’s. Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, is always looking for some a bit different, some sort of ingenious innovation in scotch whisky. In the past we’ve seen expressions from the Experiments range, this one, however, is a little bit different. Grand Cru is an exclusive and innovative expression matured for 23 years and finished in rare French cuvée oak casks, Grand Cru blends together the finest flavours from Scotland and France to create a true taste of luxury. The single malt is finished over a period of up to six months in rare French cuvée oak casks. This spirit is encased in a sleek black glass bottle with its gold Grand Cru print and evocative golden closure are presented in an opulent black box featuring a sparkling golden firework design, created to emulate the spirit of celebration and the true taste of luxury contained within.
On the nose: you’ll experience initial notes of fresh plums, some orchard fruits, raisins, treacle, vanilla and maple syrup. Notes of marzipan, brown sugar, as well as some light spices and aniseed start to emerge. Completing the nose are notes of candy sitcks, lemon sherbet, a touch of old leather, white grapes and toasted bread. On the palate: are those plums and currents are ever-present, alongside apples and apricots. Notes of vanilla, maple syrup, pear drops and a slight meaty note starts to filter through, as well as freshly baked cinnamon buns. There are some notes of aniseed, parma violets, and a hint of coconut wafting around in there. Rounding-off the palate are notes of brown sugar, a floral note, green herbs, mint, lemon zest and walnuts. The finish: is medium, sweet, with lingering spices and creamy note.
The verdict: Suffice to say, I’ve tasted my fair share of Glenfiddich but some how I’m always left slightly disappointed with their older expressions. This 23yo Grand Cru does have a little more intrigue. It is nicely balanced and offers a lot more than expected but could perhaps do with a little more punch in my humble opinion. Bottled at ABV 40% in a 70cl bottle this is a dram that doesn’t require any water, in my opinion – though if you do need to then only add a very small amount.
Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch can be found online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approx. £220
For more information on this Grand Cru 23 year-old expression, visit the official Glenfiddich website.