Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1992 Single Malt Scotch: We’ve tasted a quite a bit of Glenfiddich and posted tasting notes on them here but until recently we never really sampled much from their Rare Collection. Our first encounter with their Rare Collection was at a private Glenfiddich tasting in December at the Soho Whisky Club and it did not disappoint. Glenfiddich offer a range of Scotch titled “Rare Collection” that is to whisky connoisseurs, pure indulgent Scotch heaven. Recently, several members of The Whisky Shop team and one lucky customer, joined Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, to select a single cask Glenfiddich to be bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop. This particular Rare Collection is a single cask Glenfiddich, which has been hand selected and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Shop. The cask selected was a refill bourbon cask filled on 13th March 1992. Though in this year, the now gas-fired spirit stills at Glenfiddich were still coal-fired, making this Scotch a part of whisky history. This particular bottling is the very first cask to be released from the Glenfiddich Rare Collection; casks which are hand selected by Brian Kinsman.
Tasting Notes: On the nose: you’ll be enticed by sweet wafts of honey and notes of marzipan. Vanillas and the most beautiful note of fresh apples and pears with cinnamon and cloves follow this. There is a lovely note of caramelised pineapples that have a complimenting all-spice edge. On the palate: it is a lot spicier, with rich oak. The cloves and the cinnamon are very present but those sweeter tropical notes of pineapples and fresh pears are more subdued. The finish: long, spicy, with lingering oak, leaving a lovely silky coating on the palate.
The verdict: a very luxurious and indulgent Scotch that has a warm and inviting allure. It is well-balanced, with just the right amount of sweetness and spice. Seldom do I get to taste a Scotch that has so much depth in flavour from a single cask Scotch, its richness of flavour truly does make it a rare dram. This special bottling of Glenfiddich Rare Collection for The Whisky Shop has an ABV of 56.3%. A whisky that in my opinion, required just a very small amount of water to open it up. If you don’t feel the urge to add any water then allow the scotch to breathe for approx. 7 – 10 minutes to unlock the plethora of flavours available.
This Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1992 Single Cask Scotch, which is limited to 200 bottles, is only available at The Whisky Shop and can be purchased either online or in-store, for approximately £1200.
For more information on the Rare Collection Single Cask, visit the official Glenfiddich website.