Dufftown-based distiller Glenfiddich has debuted the latest addition to its collection of single malts, a 23-year-old whisky finished in champagne casks.
The expression, called Grand Cru, was matured in American and European oak before being transferred to the sparkling wine casks that give the whisky its name.
As a result, the liquid boasts aromas of apple blossom, freshly baked bread and sugared citrus. On the palate, vanilla comes through from the oak, combining with notes of brioche, sandalwood and pear.
'Breaking category conventions once more, this unusual collaboration presented an exciting opportunity to create a spirit that further elevated our unique Glenfiddich style,' commented Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich malt master.
'We experimented with the maturation time and hand selected the right balance of 23-year-old Glenfiddich casks out of our unique collection of old age malts. The further influence from the oak of the French cuvée casks added an extra layer of complexity thanks to the liquid they once held. Marrying the best of both worlds, the final liquid presents an exceptional finesse and is a special tribute to each individual cuvée cask the malts were finished in.'
This new launch carries on the tradition of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series, with products including the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment (finished in IPA-seasoned barrels) and Project XX (a blend of whiskies selected by 20 Glenfiddich brand ambassadors).
40% abv, RRP £220/70cl, William Grant & Sons, williamgrant.com