This bottling is a non-chill-filtered vatting of 20 different casks selected by 20 different whisky experts invited by Brian Kinsman to the warehouse in Conval. One of the experts invited was the Canadian Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Beth Havers, who chose a port pipe!
The colour is a medium-gold honey. On the nose this is quite rich with plums, soft red apple, Mackintosh toffee, creamy vanilla and a whiff of peat smoke! Freshly cut pine. Very citrusy. A little briny. Raisins. Very complex with different surprises every time you bring it to your nose.
Very soft and creamy on the palate, with chilli spice, rum-raisin, milk chocolate, vanilla and more Mackintosh toffee. Very fruity with apricots, pear and red apple. A bit of cinnamon. Nutty. Although the complexity of the nose works beautifully, the palate seems a bit more confused. Still, it's fascinating to hold in the mouth and explore all the various notes from these disparate casks.
The finish is oaky with paprika, pine needles and cloves. This is fascinating stuff, where you can nose and taste the different cask influences. It could be polarizing, though - some may find it confused in its character, others (like myself) will still find it interesting and enjoyable. It's a very limited edition so if you want to try it, you'll have to grab it quickly.