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A vibrant new look inspired by the finishing touch of the Caribbean rum cask

Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is launching a 20CL version of their exquisite Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva single malt along with a vibrant new look for both the 20CL and 70CL bottles.

The new look reflects the unique qualities of the single malt raised in Scotland and roused in the Caribbean: matured for 21 years in Scotland then given a vibrant twist, finishing for four months in Glenfiddich’s own Caribbean rum casks. The Glenfiddich family are perfectionists.

At 21 years old their whisky is remarkable. Patiently matured for 21 years on site at the distillery in Dufftown, it is a beautiful, traditional Speyside whisky, rich and ripe with the Glenfiddich signature notes. But rather than bottle it, as other distillers would, the family gave their Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, the freedom to add a sublime finishing touch. Brian finishes the single malt in bourbon barrels seasoned with Glenfiddich’s own unique Caribbean rum, a secret recipe from a few topical islands that he knows will best imbue the staves with exactly the right flavours.

But what’s different about the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva release?

This Caribbean rum finish awakens Glenfiddich’s Scottish whisky, rousing it with extra exotic notes of ginger, fig, lime and banana with a vibrant spicy toffee warmth, elevating it from something great to something extraordinary.

“Laying this expression down for 21 years in our warehouse leads to a remarkably intense flavour, and the liquid is infused with further complexity during its final few months. The Caribbean rum finish rouses a vibrant, spicy warmth within the whisky and draws out soft yet lively fruity notes on the palate. Adding an innovative final production method is testament to Glenfiddich’s continued quest for perfection. Our rum finish gives the liquid extra layers of intensity and an extraordinary twist that truly sets the 21 Year Old apart from other whiskies.”
-Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master

 

Tasting notes
Colour
Dark gold

Nose
An intense aroma sweet with vanilla, floral with hints of banana, figs, rich toffee, new leather and oak

Taste
Initially soft, then brisk, vibrant and drying. Peppery with a touch of smoke, oak, lime, ginger and spices

Finish
Very long, warming, dry and spicy.

 


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