William Grants Glenfiddich Winter Storm

William Grant's Glenfiddich Winter Storm

William Grant & Sons' Glenfiddich Winter Storm

Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt

Available - From 1 October

Location - Global, key markets include the UK and US, France, Germany, Canada, South Africa and Australia

Price - In the UK, SRP of GBP199 (US$269) per unit, available in limited - albeit unspecified - quantities

William Grant & Sons has released details of a limited-edition release of Glenfiddich that has been finished in icewine casks. Glenfiddich Winter Storm is a 21-year-old iteration of the single malt brand that has spent up to six months in French oak icewine casks from Canada's Peller Estate.

"Only the rarer whiskies, those aged for 21 years, could cope with the extra Icewine intensity," said Glenfiddich malt master Brian Kinsman. "Having more tannins, extracted from years in oak, these malts brought out a uniquely fresh lychee note instead of being swamped by sweetness."

Available in a white ceramic bottle, Glenfiddich Winter Storm will launch in two batches; one at the beginning of next month, the other in March next year.

The expression joins the Glenfiddich Experimental Series stable, which launched a year ago with Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and Glenfiddich Project XX.

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Glenfiddich, the world's most awarded single malt Scotch, today launches Glenfiddich Winter Storm, a limited edition whisky finished in Icewine casks. The result is a short, crisp premium liquid imbued with a unique layer of sweetness and complexity.
 
Glenfiddich's Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, is always pursuing ingenious innovations in Scotch whisky. This latest expression comes as a result of a trip to Canada in January 2016, during which he visited Peller Estate - a renowned winery in Niagara. Enduring freezing weather, Brian toured the beautiful vineyards, where he learned how the grapes had to be picked by moonlight at -10°C when they were as hard as pebbles.

Inspired by his experience, Brian returned to The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, where he started experimenting with several French oak Icewine casks from the Canadian winery - filling them with various Glenfiddich aged malts for up to six months. Brian commented, "Only the rarer whiskies, those aged for 21 years, could cope with the extra Icewine intensity. Having more tannins, extracted from years in oak, these malts brought out a uniquely fresh lychee note instead of being swamped by sweetness." What resulted was a perfect Glenfiddich 21 year old. The combination of pioneering liquids, the heightened candied sweets and oakiness of Glenfiddich are complemented by mouth-watering tropical fruit notes and underlying wine notes.
 
Peller Estates VP of Winemaking, Craig McDonald added: "It was a privilege to work with Brian on this experiment. We go to extreme lengths to produce our intensely sweet Icewine and are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of taste, so I was intrigued to see how it could be used to create a new unexpected whisky. The resulting liquid is a unique combination of the warming soul of whisky and the frozen cold of Icewine". 
 
Glenfiddich Winter Storm is the newest expression in the Glenfiddich Experimential Series line up, joining Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and Glenfiddich Project XX which both launched in 2016. Designed to inspire unusual and unexpected variants, Glenfiddich Experimental Series combines the brand's passion for pushing Scotch whisky boundaries and collaborating with trailblazers beyond the world of whisky. Created from partnerships and collaborations with like-minded mavericks from a wide range of different industries, Glenfiddich Experimental Series unlocks new whisky possibilities in the true spirit of experimentation.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm is available in a striking white ceramic bottle and beautifully embossed presentation box in 2 small batches from October 1st 2017 and March 2018, priced at £199.

Available in a white ceramic bottle, Glenfiddich Winter Storm will launch in two batches; one at the beginning of next month, the other in March next year.

Original source: Company Release

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