Glenfiddich presents sweet and smoky Fire&Cane
The experimental series at Glenfiddich enters the 4th round
Glenfiddich's experimental series, launched in 2016, is growing again. The family-run business presented a new, now the 4th experiment: Fire&Cane. This is a slightly smoky and peaty single malt ("fire") with a rum cask finish ("cane"). Smoky and sweet, so the basic notes of Fire&Cane. This is Glenfiddich's first single malt made from peated malt and finished in rum casks.
Glenfiddich's Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, has combined a single malt made with barley peated to 45 ppm, which was distilled and matured in ex-Bourbon casks in 2003, initially with unpeated single malt, also aged in former Bourbon casks. The result was a whisky with a peat level of only 5 ppm, with a subtle smoky bonfire note. This was then finished in rum casks for 3-4 months. Kinsman did not choose the Caribbean rum style used for the famous Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva, as the smoky character of the single malt would overlay the light and delicate rum notes. Rather, a more robust, rich and earthy rum containing varieties from the Caribbean and South America ("latin-style"), among others, was used in order to balance the rum and peat notes of the whisky.
Available in US from July
Glenfiddich Fire&Cane is bottled at 43% abv and described as having a toffee sweetness with a campfire smokiness. This 4th experiment will be available in the US from July, and the UK from October for around US$50/£43 a bottle. In Germany, this expression won’t reach the market before the beginning of 2019. Fire&Cane joins the previous experiments IPA (experiment No. 1), Project XX (No. 2) – both also without age statement – and the 21 Year Old single malt with Canadian ice wine cask finish – Winter Storm (No. 3) – and others are already in progress or in planning. The experimental series combines innovation with tradition at the now 131-year-old family business.
Smoke and peat at Glenfiddich
While Fire&Cane is the first peated whisky finished in rum casks, peated single malts are nothing new at Glenfiddich. Already in 2003 the distillery released the 12 Year Old Caoran Reserve. Ten years later, the peated Vintage Cask was introduced as part of the global travel retail range, while the Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition, released in 2012, was also made from peated malt.
Image: Mitch Bechard, Glenfiddich US Brand Ambassador