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Glenfiddich Experimental Series Project XX

Two Experimental Glenfiddichs - Part II

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

4th Sep 2017

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  • Nose
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  • Taste
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  • Finish
    22
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  • Overall
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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.

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26 comments

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

Brilliant review! It is a review of this calibre that keeps me coming back to Connosr. Bravo @talexander !!!

....and now I find myself wanting to try this 'release by committee'.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Sounds quite interesting, but for the same price, I could buy Lagavulin 8 Year Old. I realize these are two completely different whiskies, but this 'fiddich seems to get pretty mixed reviews...Is there any kind of age statement on this one?

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@paddockjudge Really? Well thanks. Personally, I didn't find it that well written, I felt distracted because Pam insisted on watching old episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm while I was writing. "Your grandfather didn't invent the Cobb Salad!"

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@OdysseusUnbound No age statement, but I presume there are a few fairly old whiskies in the mix. Having said that, I suspect there must have been some "restrictions" on what casks the chosen experts could choose from. If they had all chosen 30-50 year old whiskies, well that might have caused an issue......

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@paddockjudge Also, I would purchase a bottle, so I will save it for the next time you swing by, if you like.

about one year ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@OdysseusUnbound Also, the Laga 8 is better. I mean, it can't help but be, right??

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@talexander well, I freely admit that I'm incredibly biased in favour of Lagavulin, but I also have a bit of a soft spot for Glenfiddich.

about one year ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@OdysseusUnbound There are some excellent Glenfiddichs. The 15 is a staple of mine.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@nooch
nooch commented

As a side note - be prepared for a glenfiddich finished in ice wine casks.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Glen Breton didn't benefit from finishing in Ice Wine casks...

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@talexander The 'Fiddich 15 Distillery Edition at 51%, NCF is as good as anything at that age.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@talexander I'm with Pam. I've watched them all twice and hoping for more. Have you seen that Jerry Seinfeld one on the internet? Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee? Some funny stuff, Pam would like it.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@BlueNote I keep hearing about this one... It was around for a long time and I never picked it up because I don't ted to like the distillery's expressions. Maybe I should have given it a try. But I can't buy every bottle that interests me.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@Frost
Frost commented

@talexander a good review, thank you

I tried a dram of this one - was nice!

The local rep poured them, a knowledgeable expat Scotsman who has visited the distillery for work, his opinion about the 20 casks was that the pickers would have been given choice in a single warehouse. Not the whole `fiddich stock!

about one year ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@Frost Yes, that's true - it was in only one single warehouse.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I see it is available at Liquor Depot in Edmonton for $104.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@BlueNote Liquor Depot in Alberta is often a very good place to find things...

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan I have only dealt with the one in Edmonton, but I Guess there is also one in Calgary. I see they have Benromach 10 there at a decent price and I happen to have a friend there right now visiting his daughter. I'm emailing him as we speak.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

There are many Liquor Depot outlets in Calgary, and depending on the area they have different stock. Sometimes (not always) the pricing is quite competitive.

about one year ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan Good to know. I agree, the prices are not all better than here, but the Benromach 10 is over $23 less than BC price.

about one year ago 0

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