Glenfiddich Vino Formosa Cask Finish #3 - The last edition of a series for Taiwan

A finish in Taiwanese fortified wine casks characterizes the 28-year-old Scottish Single Malt Whisky


Taking a look at the Taiwan whisky market will make the eyes of Glenfiddich Single Malt friends light up these days: The final edition of the series "The Spirit of Taiwan" is in the starting blocks. From tomorrow it can be ordered there - so whoever is travelling Taiwan despite Corona would have a chance to purchase one of the 286 bottles. You have to spend around 45,000 Taiwan Dollar / 1,500 US Dollar for a bottle as we learn from a William Grant & Sons press release.

Look out for "Glenfiddich Vino Formosa Cask Finish #3", a 28-year-old single malt that was bottled at 50.4% vol. The whisky was matured in American oak for 26 years before it saw a 2-year finish that gave it its name: it was finished in a cask that previously contained Vino Formosa Rosso, a fortified wine made from the Black Queen grape variety grown in Taiwan.

Scottish whisky and Taiwanese wine

The first bottlings from The Spirit of Taiwan series, which were released in 2018 and 2019, are also dedicated to the history of Taiwanese winemaking and got finishes in Vino Formosa Rosso casks that Glenfiddich shipped to Scotland for this project. The brandy fortified red wine had rested in these 225-liter French oak casks for five years before.

The special Glenfiddich bottlings were created in collaboration of Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, the Taiwan winemaker Dr. Chen Chien-hao, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador for Taiwan James Chan and the farmer Hung Chi-pei, owner of Domaine Shu-sheng, where wine has been grown since 1957. His grandfather was the first Taiwanese vintner who planted the imported grape varieties Black Queen and Golden Muscat.

Vino Formosa Cask Finish #3 – Producer’s Tasting Notes

Colour: Ocher Red

Nose: Mild fruity character followed with sweet candied fruits, apricot and classic scent of oak

Taste: Beautifully sweet with a silky smooth and mellow palate. The balance of oak and subtropical fruits delivers a imaginary journey in between Taiwan garden and Scottish distillery

Finish: Very long lasting with a lingering oaky sweetness and high tanning from the skin of grape

Images: William Grant & Sons