This month's spotlight is on Glenfiddich Project XX (aka “twenty”)!
My first thought after taking my first sip was simply “Wow”. There is so much to say, but so little time. Aside from being one of the smoothest whiskys I’ve had, it is also incredibly rich for a NAS (no age-statement) dram.
This Whisky has an entire myriad of flavors. A roller coaster of flavors, if you will.
Citrus, sugar and spice, and nuts on the nose. Also a fruity freshness similar to the basic Glenfiddich 12.
On the palate, its quite obvious the majority of the casks chosen for this project were bourbon casks. A little bourbon sweetness hits you at first, similar to the Glenfiddich 14 yr bourbon cask Scotch. However, after that, it’s quite the ride. It shifts to a fruity freshness, then a richness of sugar, and some spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. The sherry comes through NEAR the end, as well as some of the chocolate and toffee notes, likely from the port casks. All of this has been well balanced of course.
The finish is long and rich, with a lot of spice on the finish. The finish seems to showcase more of the port and sherry casks than the bourbon casks.
As I said earlier, the amount of flavor in this dram is quite unexpected for something without an age on the label. This is definitely something all Whiskey lovers must try, and not just because it’s in limited supply.
I would give this a 9/10. More bourbon than I expected, UNIQUE for sure...
The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, in the glen of the River Fiddich The Glenfiddich single malt whisky first ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887.
In the 1920s, with prohibition in force in the USA, Glenfiddich was one of a very small number of distilleries to increase production. This put them in a strong position to meet the sudden rise in demand for fine aged whiskies that came with the repeal of prohibition.
In the 1950s, the Grant family built up an onsite infrastructure that included coppersmiths to maintain the copper stills, and a dedicated cooperage that is now one of the very few remaining in distilleries In 1956 the Grant's brand launched the now-iconic triangular bottle, designed by Hans Schleger
Following difficult times in the 1960s and '70s, many small, independent distillers were bought up or went out of business. In order to survive, W. Grant & Sons expanded their production of the drink, and introduced advertising campaigns and a visitors' centre. In this period they also took the decision to begin marketing single malt as a premium brand in its own right, effectively creating the modern single malt whisky category.
Later, W. Grant & Sons was one of the first distilleries to package its bottles in tubes and gift tins, as well as recognizing the importance of the duty-free market for spirits. This marketing strategy was successful, and Glenfiddich has now become the world's best-selling single malt. It is sold in 180 countries and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales.
Glenfiddich is currently managed by the fifth generation of William Grant's descendants.
Aroma: Classic fruitiness with hints of apple blossom and plump pear. A perfect balance of rich vanilla oak with golden sugar and a touch of liquorice.
Taste: Deep and mellow, the candyfloss sweetness is complemented by unusual notes of toasted almonds and cinnamon and a hint of crisp tannin.
Finish: Long lasting with a savoured sweet oakiness.
Availability: In Stock
47% ABV 750ml