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Glenfiddich Select Cask

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Glenfiddich Select Cask

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  • Brand: Glenfiddich
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Series: Cask Collection
  • ABV: 40.0%

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Glenfiddich Select Cask

Nose: fruit, and lots of it. Fresh fruit, stewed fruit. Apples, pears, peaches, plums. Also some caramel sauce. This is very nice. The classic malty, mossy Glenfiddich character is complemented well by the various casks employed here, including red wine casks. Plump, juicy, mouthwatering aroma.

Taste: perfect arrival of malty sweetness followed closely by vibrant European oak. Extra layers of richness develop as it spreads across the tongue. The texture is extremely soft yet full. This is exactly how I hoped it would taste. Fruit jam on toast, only in this case the toast is made of oak. Lip-smacking stuff.

Finish: a gradual fade, consistent with the flavours and aromas, which is to say very fruity. No off-key notes either, which is often a problem when wine or sherry casks are employed (at least, so it seems to me).

Balance: I'm impressed. This is markedly better than the more expensive Reserve Cask I tried months ago. Bigger body, more flavour development. One of those instances where a whisky is exactly what I expected it to be, in a good way. As an aside: an empty glass can often be revealing, and here it reveals notes of spice and even some dark chocolate.

@Megawatt High marks for a 40% NAS 'Fiddich. Do you remember how much you paid for it?

No, it was a gift. But I recall it was on discount at the Duty Free in Tampa.


The Glenfiddich Cask Collection is a new range for the global traveler. Three expressions were released: Select Cask, Reserve Cask and Vintage Cask. Let me start with the Select Cask, which is a marriage of bourbon, sherry and red wine casks. The casks were selected by Brian Kinsman and brought together in their so-called solera vat.

The nose is light and fresh. Mostly vanilla, barley sugars and coconut. Some spiciness like cloves and white pepper. Candied oranges. But the red wine influence is absent on the nose – at least for me.

Good body, to be sure. Very peppery and somewhat dry. No surprises after the sweet nose. A tiny bit of red berries. Could that be from the red wine casks?

The finish is fairly short.

This is clearly an entry level malt. A card players’ whisky pur sang.

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