The Bar Cart: Glenfiddich Project XX
Glenfiddich has announced the U.S. launch of the next iteration of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series. Designed to inspire unusual and unexpected variants, the Glenfiddich Experimental Series continues with the unveiling of Project XX (pronounced “twenty”), the result of one of the most ambitious malt experiments of its 130-year history.
Glenfiddich Project XX (SRP $79.99) is the result of a collaboration between 20 whisky experts and Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, who together have developed one unexpected, extraordinary single malt. The experts were invited from 16 countries around the world to explore and each select a cask, 20 in total, from a warehouse at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Kinsman’s ambition was to create one remarkable single malt, by combining the curiosity and knowledge of these 20 experts. After each expert had chosen a single cask of extraordinary liquid, from aged malts matured in port pipes to ancient sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks, Brian skillfully produced the final variant to reflect their individual tastes and interests. Expertly married together in a small batch vatting, the final flavor profile defied even Brian’s expectations.
“The Experimental Series is an example of Glenfiddich’s long illustrious history of innovation and having the confidence to try new things in an unconventional way,” Kinsman explains. “The 20 casks selected include some of our most astonishing whiskies chosen for their taste profile and rarity, and it was an exciting challenge to marry them together in a way that did justice to the original sources. It has the warm summer fruity character of a classic Glenfiddich but then its ‘multiple personalities’ are revealed as the flavors of candy floss, cinnamon spice, almonds and rich port tannins kick in with the odd hint of licorice.’’
Classic Glenfiddich fruitiness with hints of apple blossom, summer fruits and ripe pear. A beautiful balance of oak with rich creamy vanilla, barley sugar and a hint of licorice and subtle spice
A refined and balanced flavor with candy floss sweetness and a rich vanilla oakiness. Deep and mellow, the initial sweetness is complemented by unusual notes of toasted almonds, cinnamon and a hint of crisp tannin
Long lasting with a lingering sweet oakiness
Add a sprinkle of water to the outer lip of the glass, dab the glass lightly into a bowl of sea salt flakes, picking up a few flakes. The salt works well with the fruity notes in the blend for an unforeseen enhancement.
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