Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky from The Cask of Dreams
48.8% ABV/97.6 Proof
$99 to $105
What the Distillery Says:
To celebrate the achievements and pioneering spirit of our founder, William Grant, Glenfiddich launched its Cask of Dreams program in the United States in 2011. Whisky lovers across the States were given a rare opportunity to participate in the “finishing” of this exclusive expression of Glenfiddich. Special oak casks took a tour of significant US landmarks and those in attendance shared their personal aspirations by writing them directly on the precious wood. These celebrated casks have returned to Scotland to finish this unique Cask of Dreams Limited Edition Release.
To create this rare expression, our esteemed Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, marries Glenfiddich whiskies taken from a hand-picked selection of American oak casks, which have matured for at least 14 years. They are then decanted into the dream-inscribed casks and left to finish peacefully in these virgin American oak casks for 3 months to bring an intense and powerful vanilla sweetness with a perfect balance of oak and spice. The casks are then introduced into marrying tuns and mellowed to perfection prior to bottling.
Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Limited Edition Release will be available in a very limited quantity of 3,500 bottles at select retailers in the United States starting in February, 2012.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Out of the bottle the nose on this one can be a little coy. It is mostly showing vanilla and a malty, grainy note. Water opens up a much fruitier nose with bits of tangerines, tart apples, and a little pineapple.
Palate: Very, very rich. There is a nice cinnamon tinged oak sweetness with more vanilla showing through. This palate is very delicate regarding water. Add sparingly.
Finish: At bottle strength the finish gives you a quick pop but quickly mellows into honey and oak spice. A little water tames that pop and most of the spice leaving it smooth and mellow.
Comments: Glenfiddich isn’t the most complex dram with layers upon layers of variables but that’s probably a big reason why it’s so approachable and popular around the world. This particular dram is no different. It’s infinitely drinkable and enjoyable but the sherry monster and peat freak crowds might find it lacking. Go into it accepting it for what it is – an excellent mariage of Glenfiddich stock. Enjoy!
Rating: Stands Out
I would like to thank Katie Han with Maloney & Fox for providing me with a sample for review.