The latest batch of Glenfiddich’s Innovative Icewine Finished Whisky
This 2018 release Glenfiddich Winter Storm Batch 2 whisky came about when the distillery’s malt master, Brian Kinsman, took a tour of a Canadian vineyard in freezing January temperatures. He learned how the grapes where picked strictly under moonlight at -10 degrees Celsius, when they were rock hard. This helped to create a intensely sweet wine that is growing in popularity all across the nation.
Like any great whisky maker, this gave Kinsman ideas of innovation in his own industry. When he returned to Scotland he began experimenting with maturing whisky is French Oak Icewine casks sourced from the Canadian winery. After some tinkering, he found that only older whiskies could deal with the intense sweetness that the wine casks brought to the spirit, and so he created what he believed to be a work of art – Icewine finished Glenfiddich 21 Year Old whisky.
And a work of art it is. This 21 Year Old exhibits tropical fruits and berries and they come with little hints of plum and raisins from the French Oak. Then comes the intense sweetness of the Icewine, quickly balanced out with a touch of dark chocolate. It’s a new and unique combination like no other and it works wonders on the nose and palate, dancing around and revealing new flavours by the minute.
Innovative and delicious, this dram takes you on a trip from Speyside to France and then across to Canada and it’s a journey that shouldn’t be missed.