We review Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, a lightly peated Glenfiddich finished in dark rum casks to create a spirit with smoky and sweet characteristics.
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Glenfiddich Fire & Cane marries peated and unpeated ex-bourbon barrel matured malts that are then finished in Latin rum casks to create a spirit that’s smoky and sweet.
The next release in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series has been leaked through a TTB submission. Dubbed Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, this experiment will be compromised of a “smoky whisky finished in sweet rum casks”, with notes of “campfire smokiness and toffee sweetness.”
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve was introduced a little over two years ago, joining the 12, 15, 18 and 21 year olds as a permanent addition to Glenfiddich’s core line-up of whiskies. Unlike the 12, 15, and 18 year olds, which are matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, or the 21 year old, which is finished in Caribbean rum casks, Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve is matured entirely in ex-bourbon American Oak and finished in deep charred new American Oak casks. This process lends the whisky a sweeter profile with more Bourbon forward characteristics, but does it do so without overwhelming the classic Glenfiddich spirit?
Those that decide to explore the world of Single Malt Scotch whisky tend to start with one of three distilleries: Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, or Macallan. For our first review, it only felt appropriate to do the same, so we’ve decided to revisit Glenfiddich 12 Year Old. How has this classic, entry level Speyside Scotch whisky held up?