Glenfiddich pops corks with new whisky

Grand Cru joins the family
By Rob Allanson
Glenfiddich has released its latest innovation to be added to its range of single malts. The new addition to the family, called Grand Cru, has been matured for 23 years and finished in rare French cuvée oak casks.

Grand Cru is the only Glenfiddich single malt to be finishing in French cuvée casks that once contained the liquid that goes on to become some of the world’s most extraordinary sparkling wines. The remarkably rich whisky, already intense in flavour thanks to long maturation in American and European oak casks at the Glenfiddich Distillery, is further bolstered with extra intensity from rare French cuvée casks.

Glenfiddich malt master, Brian Kinsman, said: “Breaking category conventions once more, this unusual collaboration presented an exciting opportunity to create a spirit that further elevated our unique Glenfiddich style. We experimented with the maturation time and hand-selected the right balance of 23-year-old Glenfiddich casks out of our collection of old age malts. The further influence from the oak of the French cuvée casks added an extra layer of complexity thanks to the liquid they once held. Marrying the best of both worlds, the final liquid presents an exceptional finesse and is a special tribute to each cuvée cask the malts were finished in.”

Global Glenfiddich brand ambassador, Struan Grant Ralph, added: “This new whisky exemplifies the brand’s passion for pushing Scotch whisky boundaries, looking beyond the world of whisky to create exquisitely flavoured liquids.”

Tasting notes (from the producer):
Colour - Dark gold
Nose - An intense aroma of apple blossom, freshly baked bread and candied lemon.
Taste - Layers of rich vanilla oak, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape.
Finish - Long, opulent and sweet.