GSN Review: Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

Recently, Glenfiddich launched the fourth concept in its Experimental Series with Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, a peated whisky finished in rum casks.

Fire & Cane is inspired by the early innovation of Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, who ran peated spirit through the Glenfiddich stills for the first time in 2003, birthing the concept. Fire & Cane marries smoky whisky with non-peated whisky that had been maturing side-by-side in bourbon casks, highlighting Glenfiddich’s sweet and fruity signature style. Then, taking it a step further, Kinsman finished the married whisky in Latin rum casks, sourced from various South American countries, for three months to produce a surprising and unexpected overlay of flavors with added caramel toffee sweetness.

“This new single malt truly encapsulates the spirit of experimentation. We started with a question – what would happen if we did something with peat that we had not done before? The answer is an unconventional and unexpected whisky, one that is truly surprising,” said Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman. “It’s a bold combination, which I’m sure will appeal and intrigue single malt enthusiasts as well as those looking to try something new and different.”

Glenfiddich Experimental Series combines the brand’s passion for pushing Scotch whisky boundaries while unlocking new possibilities in the true spirit of experimentation. Past releases in the series include the Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish, Glenfiddich Project XX and Glenfiddich Winter Storm.

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane (86 proof)
Visual: Gold.
Nose: Medium smoke and light malt fruitiness. Dry, crisp and autumnal.
Taste: Nicely sweet, with a semi-honeyed entry. A raisin-like fruit character goes on at length turning into prune and baking spice. The smoke keeps everything from going off in too much of a fruity direction.
Finish: Long with a light patina of smoke and dried fruit.
Overall: A successful experiment!  The rum casks impart a novel edge to the Glenfiddich standard.  We especially enjoyed this served neat on a cool evening.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Glenfiddich

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