Glenfiddich Master`s edition single malt whisky
First review of whisky from the Glenfiddich portfolio /meaning ‘Valley of the Deer’ in Scottish Gaelic/. Not just any of their whiskies, but Glenfiddich Master`s edition single malt sherry cask. The truth is that one more review is coming, just waiting to be written, and subsequently will come and my notes for Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 у.о. single malt, which are near at hand, but I have planned them for further moment. And now, back to this goody.
The company was founded in the late 19th century by the company of William Grant & Sons, which owns it and presently. It is located in Dufftown, Speyside. In the beginning, the distillery operated with the equipment of the old Cardow distillery /now Cardhu/. The situation is different now and Glenfiddich has a huge own power, capable to produce 10 million liters of alcohol. In addition to the triangular shape of the bottle /presented in 1957/, known from Grant’s whisky, the Glenfiddich brand has gained popularity and with that, being one of the most awarded, if not the most honored brand Scotch whisky. To finish the generalities, I’ll interject that many whisky connoisseurs sympathize more to the distillates from the 60’s and 70’s and prefer them over those from the 90’s. I can not take a position yet. I hope sometime I’ll be able to taste and the rare variations of Glenfiddich, and to compare them with the new ones.
Now my words about the aroma, taste and aftertaste of Master`s edition. What makes impression is that the whisky is from the NAS category, i.e. without age statement. I came across information that, the distillate is aged about 12 years, but not confirmed by any other source. The whisky is aged in two types of wood – bourbon barrels and sherry casks. This sounds tasty to me. Sounds delicious to me!
Aroma – sweetish, honey, sherry notes /to some extent and Port wine/, borrowings from the bourbon, such as vanilla and light caramel. Woody note, light citrus /tangerine/, coffee, apricots/ peaches, raisins. With water, besides the coffee I caught and tiramisu, fruits and candy. Taste – slightly oily, light spiciness, bourbon borrowings, vanilla and toasted. With water became sweeter, honey, as appeared and dried fruits. Finish – medium length, sweetness /not a little/, baked butter cake, raisins, honey and dried fruits. The sweetness and toasted note became stronger with water. Also appeared and apricots.
Assessment: 88,5/ 100.