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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #1 - India Pale Ale | Kevin Rye.net - Whisky

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Glenfiddich Experimental Series #1 - India Pale Ale

My parents are visiting from out of town since my twins are celebrating a birthday. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I hit up the liquor store to pick up a few bottles of wine, and maybe a little something for the wife.

I wasn't in there to get myself anything, but I couldn't help myself from taking a walk down the whisky aisle.

It's there that I saw a new Glenfiddich. Glenfiddich is one of my favorite whiskies. Since I'm on their mailing list, I was really surprised to see a new Glenfiddich that I'd never heard of. Actually, now that I think if it, I don't think I've heard a peep out of Glenfiddich since I signed up on their website.

This is the Glenfiddich Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish. This is the first single malt to be finished in Indian Pale Ale beer casks.

From Master of Malt:

Nose: An elegant harmony of fresh green apple, William’s pear and spring blossom. Complimented with Aromatic hops and fresh herbs.

Palate: Vibrant with a zesty citrus note followed by creamy vanilla and a hint of fresh hops.

Finish: Enduring sweetness with an echo of green hops.





So how does it taste? It's absolutely fantastic! I'm really enjoying it. I think I had three the first night I opened it. Although it has only spent three months in IPA casks, you really can taste the hops on the finish. It's not strong; it's very subtle, but it's there. Don't get me wrong, it's not a whisky that tastes like beer. I can't stand beer. I've never liked it. This is a fantastic whisky. It's nice to taste a little something different on the finish.

Overall, I think it's a younger whisky. It's no 15 year, but it's definitely not a 12 year. Maybe something in the middle. Most likely a blend. It's classic Glenfiddich, with a little twist.

Since this is an "experimental" release, there's no telling how long it'll be around. So if you get the chance to pick up a bottle, you should go for it.