Glenfiddich introduced the so-called Experimental Series, in which the classic malt gets an extra twist. In the case of the first release, the Glenfiddich IPA, the company asked the Speyside Craft Brewery to create and Indian Pale Ale. The beer itself it not for sale, but was made especially for Glenfiddich. The beer impregnated the casks for several month, after which the cask was shipped to the distillery. Glenfiddich finished its whisky for 12 weeks and this is the result.
On the nose – which is quite spicy – I get notes of vanilla, leather, almonds, chocolate and fresh hops. I had never had the latter in a whisky before, but since it matured on beer casks, that should not come as a surprise. Very pleasant nose, actually.
It is very soft upon arrival, although the spices quickly rear their heads. Baked apples, chocolate and some coffee, but soon a hint of dark beer emerges again. That, of course, was the goal, so this is certainly a successful experiment.
In the medium long finish in which the coffee and chocolate linger, a slight bitterness from the beer re-emerges in a lovely fashion.
A fun and very quaffable Glenfiddich, which is also very affordable. I am a fan.