Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 3, 2013
I thought I should start the new year, 2013 off with a bang. A very expensive thirty year old bottle of Scotch from Glenfiddich, which I received as a gift from my wife about one year ago.
The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland. The Gaelic word “Glenfiddich” translates to “Valley of the Deer” in English and as a result the Distillery has adopted the emblem of a large male stag to symbolize the distillery and their whisky. According to the Glenfiddich website, their Malt Master personally selects each Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon Cask that goes into the Glenfiddich 30 Years Old Whisky by nosing and tasting each of them to ensure that they contribute the right character and flavour into the final Malt which is produced from only a handful of vattings each year.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
” … The initial nose brings forward a rich menagerie of wood and honey spices. I sense some willow thicket in the air above the glass as well as a grassy meadow complete with clumps of heather and faint wiffs of woodsmoke as if there were a campfire nearby. As the glass breathes the woody notes grow bringing forward stronger impressions of willow, balsam wood, and oak …”
You may read the full review here:
Happy New Year Everyone!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 7, 2010
Glenfiddich 15 Yr Old Single Malt Scotch
According to legend, the first Glenfiddich distilled spirit ran from the stills on Christmas day in 1887. The distillery was then, and is now and independent distillery. It is currently owned by William Grant & Sons Ltd., the same William Grant who founded the company in 1887. It sits in the Conval Hills with its own single source of water, the Robbie Dhu springs. This water is pumped from this source directly to the distillery, so that it is untouched by man nor beast and remains in its purest form.
Glenfiddich whisky is distilled on copper stills, in the same manner as it was a hundred years ago. In fact the entire process from turning and malting the barley, to the use of copper stills, and the manner of aging attempts to deliver a thread of heritage unbroken from the past to the present.
Here is a link to the Glenfiddich distillery: Glenfiddich Website
My review today is for the Glenfiddich 15 year old Single Malt blend. The blend is unique in the world of Scotch whisky by the manner in which it is Solera aged. (This aging technique is expanded on in the review.)
A special malt deserves a special cocktail. Again I turned to my good friend forrest, (click the link to go to his great site) telling him I wanted to capture the essence of the alpine meadow I smell and taste in the Glenfiddich 15 year old whisky. He came up with a marvelous cocktail, which I then modified into a snifter drink as well.
You can read the review and the recipes for the drinks here:
Again I would like to thank forrest for this collaboration. He is a cocktail guru extrordinaire!
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