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The Glenfiddich Grand Series

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Glenfiddich Grand Series

After more than a century in the whisky business, the team at Glenfiddich continues to make bold choices, and the Glenfiddich Grand Series is their latest innovative range. The whiskies have been specially created to celebrate grand occasions by bringing together traditions from across the world, combining Scotch whisky with flavours from France, the Caribbean and Japan.

Glenfiddich Grand Yozakura

A magical moment of fleeting beauty

The latest addition to the Grand Series takes its inspiration from Japan. Yozakura is Japanese for ‘night cherry blossoms’, a tradition of viewing the country’s beautiful sakura flowers lit up at night. The whisky itself draws its unique character from Japan, matured for 29 years in traditional oak casks before a time finishing in casks that previously held Japanese awamori – the first Scotch whisky to be so finished. This Okinawan delicacy is made from rice and has a complex and almost smoky character that adds layers of flavour to the classic Glenfiddich profile.

Tasting Notes

    • Nose

      Zesty, ripe fruits and caramelised almonds. Lovely rich oak notes with hints of cinnamon and a distinctive herbal zing.

    • Taste

      Indulgent layers of toasted oak, creamy vanilla toffee and silky tannin. Sporadic bursts of spice and sherbet lemons with crunchy green apple and warming earthy tones.

    • Finish

      Long lasting oak.

Glenfiddich Grand Cru

A dram for toasting

To create this unique 23-year-old whisky, Glenfiddich master blender Brian Kinsman sources casks from winemakers in northeast France. For many years these French oak vessels have been used to make the base wines that would later become sparkling wine. When filled with long-aged Glenfiddich single malt, they impart a delicate creaminess, along with familiar notes of freshly-baked brioche and citrus. Glenfiddich Grand Cru is a great whisky for toasting those special occasions.

Tasting Notes

    • Nose

      Soft lemon and pink lady apple notes sit alongside a heavier creaminess. Marzipan and honey brioche follow. The apple becomes more intense with time, picking up grapes, floral honey and the merest hint of red fruits along the way.

    • Palate

      Oily. Sweet, honeyed fruits and a rush of cream, then baked apple tart with extra apple skins and flecks of spice. The sweet nuttiness from the nose is present too.

    • Finish

      Dry and short, with notes of hazelnuts, brioche and honeysuckle.

Glenfiddich Grand Couronne

To the auld alliance!

The casks used to finish this long-aged Glenfiddich started life in Cognac, maturing eau-de-vie for the region’s brandies. After long careers in the cellars of the Charente they travelled more than 1,000 miles north to the Scottish Highlands for a new role in the whisky industry. Their influence on this exceptional single malt is felt in its layers of warm spice and evocative notes of patisserie and toasted nuts.

Tasting Notes

    • Nose

      Glenfiddich's trademark orchard fruit notes are gently cooked down into tarte tatin and poached pear. Patisserie notes of sweet pastry and cream develop, tempered by soft baking spice notes and delicate oak.

    • Palate

      Richly textured with an initial burst of brown sugar, honey and soft spice – vanilla posset with a sprinkling of nutmeg and a piece of baklava on the side. The sweetness develops, with muscat grape notes adding a fruity dimension to the initial honey.

    • Finish

      Creamy notes linger as the sweetness fades, slowly picking up soft spice and polished oak.

Glenfiddich Gran Reserva

Dufftown funk

Glenfiddich released its first rum cask finish in 2002, reviving a practice that dates back to the first booming of the Scotch whisky industry. In the mid-19th century, the docks at Glasgow were filled with barrels and puncheons of rum arriving from the new world. Once decanted, they would be snapped up by distillers looking for oak to fill their warehouses and so the flavours of rum came to influence malt whisky. This tradition lives today in the 21-year-old Glenfiddich Gran Reserva, a highland single malt with a taste of the Caribbean.

Tasting Notes

    • Nose

      Beeswax and honey, with milky coffee, buttered brioche, apples, pears and orange zest.

    • Palate

      Sweet and rich with a thick mouthfeel. Soft spice and orchard fruit balance sweet caramel.

    • Finish

      Apples and pears with dark chocolate and a touch of spice.

About Glenfiddich:

Valley of the Deer

When William Grant laid the foundations for his distillery in 1886, he had no big investors to back him – all he had was his modest savings and abundant self-belief. Spirit first ran in the stillhouse he built on Christmas Day the following year and it has barely stopped since. By the early 20th century Grant’s whisky was drunk as far afield as the United States and Australia. In the 1960s Glenfiddich emerged as a brand in its own right and it reigns now as the world’s bestselling single malt.

The distillery remains family owned and retains Mr Grant’s pioneering spirit to this day.

Six Questions

with Brian Kinsman

In 2017 Whisky Exchange Ambassador Billy Abbott sat down with Brian Kinsman, the Glenfiddich malt master responsible for all the distillery’s award-winning whiskies, to quiz him about all things Glenfiddich.