William Grant & Sons UK has extended the Glenfiddich whisky range with The Original, inspired by its single malt of 1963.
Glenfiddich’s malt master Brian Kinsman has faithfully replicated the taste of Glenfiddich Straight Malt which helped to build the single malt category at a time when blends were dominant.
He reproduced the fresh and fruity character after skilfully nosing and tasting an original 1963 sample and following the original recipe from one of Glenfiddich’s 1960s leather-bound ledgers.
Brian said: “Glenfiddich has an unrivalled collection of rare and aged single malts from which we can draw on to create innovative whiskies. Using this collection we were able to replicate the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt.
“Glenfiddich The Original is a true taste of history. It’s an honour to unveil this exclusive whisky which is light and fruity with hints of sherry spice from the European oak sherry butts that were predominantly used in the 1960s.”
The original Straight Malt was developed by Sandy Grant Gordon and Charles Grant Gordon whose family continue to run the business today.
Peter Gordon, Glenfiddich Company director, said: “Glenfiddich The Original is testament to the family’s vision and independence, which has allowed us to continuously strive to innovate and create superior whiskies.
“Glenfiddich The Original is a prime example of this and a tribute to my father, Sandy, and uncle Charles’s achievement of introducing our single malt scotch to the world.”
The heritage is reflected through the bottle design. Presented in the brand’s iconic triangular bottle, it sits in a classic black presentation box embossed with gold. The expression also comes with a booklet that details the whisky’s rich history.
At 40% ABV, Glenfiddich The Original is recommended for sale in retail at £85. It is available to prestige and selected channels in the on- and off-trade.
Tasting notes from William Grant & Sons
Colour: Rich golden.
Nose: A fruity, floral aroma with the hallmark Glenfiddich hint of pear. Subtle oak notes and a youthful biscuity character.
Taste: Pleasantly sweet with lively fruit notes and a soft vanilla oakiness. The flavours develop with the addition of a little water and to reveal delicate spices, citrus and fresh baked oatcakes.
Finish: Deliciously dry.