Sunday, 29 April 2012

Whisky Discovery #85

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva (40% abv)
Speyside Single Malt

Circa £85.00 70cl 

21 Year Old Gran Reserva
Moving onto our final dram at the Glenfiddich stand we tasted their 21 Year Old, which is finished in casks used previously to age Caribbean Rum.

We were told that this had recently been re-launched and now comes in a new shaped bottle, although still three sided as the core range.

The whisky was still the same Glenfiddich 21 year old as previous releases, being matured in a combination of first and second fill ex-bourbon casks, as well as a small amount of ex-sherry cask matured whisky. These are 'married' together before being transferred for a four month maturation in the ex-Caribbean rum casks.

Nose: Barley sugar, malt, dark brown sugar, orange peels, marmalade, manuka honey, Chocolate, foam bananas.

Palate: Full, fruitcake, spices, buttery vanilla, malty. Oak.

Finish: Long, mochaccino, marmalade.

So what did I think?

Heavy sugary aromas to begin with caramel toffee, with sweet vanilla dried fruits, sultanas and tangy orange peel, rich and creamy luxurious sweetness with lots of vanilla. It was very delicious, although quite sweet. I think it could have been better if released at 46% abv. Very different to the 18 year old, but quite a bit more expensive too, but then I have to think again - this is 21 year old whisky, yes it is definitely worth trying!

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