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After @thewalkingdad and I were through our bourbons on Sunday, we took a nice siesta, ate some carbs, drank plenty of water, and then moved on to scotch. Most of the scotch was provided by me, but he did bring over this Glenfiddich that peaked my curiosity.
Glenfiddich Fire and Cane is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series. I don't care for IPAs, but this one I was keen to try. This is aged in bourbon barrels, then finished in rum casks. And, yes, it is a peated Glenfiddich. Let's see if they pulled this off.
Nose: Sugary bubble-gum (juicy fruit or dubble bubble), vanilla frosting, and the typical Glenfiddich fruits of pear and apple.
Palate: Sweet up front, then creamy smoke rolls in. Starts with grilled fruit kabob, then burnt marshmellow, and campfire smoke. This makes you turn your head sideways. If you are familiar with Glenfiddich, then you will be able to pick out the underlying Glenfiddich orchard fruits. But on top of all that is a sugary, burnt marshmellow filled with campfire smoke. At first, it is a bit conflicting. It then becomes harmonious on the second sip and very enjoyable.
Finish: Smoke shows itself stronger on the finish. Creamy smoke with a sweet vanilla note.
Overall: This is quite unique and I give props to Glenfiddich for releasing this odd-ball of a Speyside. I wish more distilleries would invest in these projects. It's a weird one, in a good way.