The Glenfiddich 21, deconstructed

From The Malt Impostor
March 17, 2017 - 9:14pm
Tasting notes:  The Glenfiddich 21 stands atop the Glenfiddich core range, and it’s easy to see why.  The extra four months that it spends in a Reserva Rum Cask does something really special.  It’s kind of like the four months of summer after graduating college in May.  Though it’s ready to go, that extra time is sort of like an internship, or the perfect study abroad experience, or a short-lived romance. But what’s really remarkable is that the good people at Glenfiddich no longer want us to think of this special time so metaphorically.  They have thrown back the curtain, and shared with us three different components or stages of the production of the whisky that are not otherwise obtainable except in the imagination.  We tasted the retail product alongside samples of the unfinished 21 year old (cask strength), the rum-finished 21 year old (cask strength), and even the rum itself, whose essence remains in the finishing casks. We had a blast reviewing this “deconstruction” of the Glenfiddich 15 a couple of years ago.  Not only can we isolate the distinct elements of the finished whisky, but also appreciate the work of the master blender in putting together a superb [...]

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