William Grant & Sons-owned Glenfiddich is launching the fourth concept in its Experimental Series, Glenfiddich Fire & Cane – a smoky Scotch whisky finished in sweet rum casks.
The new addition is inspired by the early innovation of Glenfiddich Malt master Brian Kinsman, who in 2003, first ran peated spirit through the Glenfiddich stills, birthing the concept.
Fire & Cane boldly marries smoky whisky with non-peated malts that had been maturing side-by-side in bourbon casks, highlighting Glenfiddich’s sweet and fruity signature style.
Taking it a step further, Kinsman finished the whisky in Latin rum casks to produce “a surprising and unexpected overlay of flavours” with added caramel toffee sweetness.
Brian said: “This new single malt truly encapsulates the spirit of experimentation. We started with a question – what would happen if we did something with peat that we had not done before? The answer is an unconventional and unexpected whisky, one that is truly surprising.
“During the tastings, some experienced the unusual smoky notes, while others tasted toffee flavours. This phenomenon can be attributed to the Scotch spending three months in sweet rum casks.
“It’s a bold combination, which I’m sure will appeal and intrigue single malt enthusiasts as well as those looking to try something new and different.”
The fire of the newest expression in the Experimental Series is said to provide “an explosion of campfire smokiness” with oak and peaty notes, finished with lingering woodiness. The cane provides long-lasting sweetness by merging rich sweet toffee with green fruit character, baked apple, and toasted marshmallow with soft spice.
Rum casks also help balance the dryness of the phenols and drive sweetness. Furthermore, by exclusively using naturally sweet American oak, sourced from the Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky, Fire & Cane is certified kosher.
Fire & Cane comes in a coloured glass that seamlessly transitions from a black/brown base to clear glass. The bottle was designed to showcase the juxtaposing flavours physically with the shift in colour.
Other releases in Glenfiddich Experimental Series include the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, Glenfiddich Project XX and Glenfiddich Winter Storm.
Glenfiddich Fire & Cane is available in the US from July and available in the UK from October 2018.