Glenfiddich whisky matured for 26 years in bourbon casks

glenfiddich 26 whisky

A whisky matured for at least 26 years in ex-bourbon American oak casks is the latest expression to be unveiled from Glenfiddich.

The Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old is the first single malt from the Speyside distiller to use former bourbon casks throughout the entire maturation process.

Glenfiddich malt master Brian Kinsman said: “By maturing this expression exclusively in bourbon casks, we’ve created a beautifully intense flavour, reflective of the relentless passion we have for producing incredible single malts.

“With notes of lush vanilla, light oak and spice, our 26 Year Old, while a new expression, remains true to Glenfiddich’s heritage of producing fruity, floral and deeply flavoured whiskies.

“We believe it to be one of our most desirable expressions yet, making ‘Excellence’ a truly appropriate name.”

Peter Gordon, Glenfiddich Company director, added: “As a family-run company, we’ve always challenged established whisky-making norms because we care personally about the quality of our single malts.

“We cherish our independence because it allows us to innovate and create superior whiskies, and Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old is a prime example of this.

“This new addition to our collection of rare single malts confirms that as a company still run by our founder’s descendants, we remain committed to fulfilling my great-great-grandfather’s vision to create ‘the best dram in the valley’.”

With ABV of 43%, the whisky is rich golden in colour. According to the tasting notes, it has a soft and delicate character on the nose, bringing notes of spring blossom, violets, sweet peas and a subtle green leafiness.

On the palate, it is vibrant with a compelling balance of dry tannin and soft brown sugar vanilla sweetness. A deep oak flavour gradually builds, with hints of spice and liquorice shining through. The finish is deep and complex.

Presented in an elegant glass bottle with delicate gold lettering, Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old is finished with an oak stopper reminiscent of the bourbon casks in which it was matured.

It is packaged in an opulent purple presentation box, with an intricate embossed design inspired by the patterns made on wood cuts from the American Deep South. It has a recommended price in retail of £350.

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