Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich 23 Years Old Grand Cru Cask Strength (56.4%, OB, 2019)

Glenfiddich 23 Years Old Grand Cru Cask Strength

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 56.4%
  • Age: 23 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: n/a
  • Origin: Glenfiddich distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared

Glenfiddich-Grand-Cru-CS

What they say

  • Unique expression matured for 23 years
  • Hand picked American and European oak casks
  • Finished in rare French Cuvée casks for up to 6 months
  • Exclusive marriage of the finest flavours from Scotland and France
  • Fine packaging ideal for gifting
  • Perfect for celebrating special occasions

Grand Cru encapsulates the very spirit of luxury and craftsmanship of Glenfiddich while surpassing the very notion of Single Malt, as it sets out to redefine moments of celebration through a new and extraordinary drinking experience.

Created for the non-conformists, it has been uniquely crafted as a surprising delight, at every sip, for those tearing up the rule book and who want to celebrate big life moments in a whole new way.

The remarkably rich whisky, already intense in flavour thanks to long maturation in American and European oak cask, is finely finessed with influences from French cuvée casks. This is the only Glenfiddich Single Malt to undergo this exceptional finishing.

This exclusive Glenfiddich expression has been matured for 23 years in American and European oak casks and elegantly finished in rare French cuvee casks. The finest flavours from Scotland and France have been fused together through the art of experimentation, to redefine moments of celebration and create a new and extraordinary drinking experience.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Dark gold.
  • Nose: Apple blossom, freshly baked bread and candied lemon.
  • Taste: Layers of rich vanilla oak, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape.
  • Finish: Long, opulent and sweet.

What I say

Dram #3 from EWB’s Movember tasting was this Glenfiddich expression presented by Brand Ambassador Mark Thomson. This expression is the unreduced Glenfiddich 23 Years Old Grand Cru normally at 40% but presented here at 56.4% ABV.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Amber gold (10/20)
  • Nose: Fruity and yeasty, white grape and apple, baked apple bread or cake, candied lemon/citrus peel, lemon and vanilla pastries/danish, biscuity malt.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied on the palate, apple, pear and white grape fruits mingle with tannic and woody oak, very sweet and fragrant, sandalwood and lashings of vanilla custard or danish pastries, more biscuity malt and cereal, opens up becoming softer and sweeter with a little water.
  • Finish: Long, creamy and sweet with fruit and oak lingering.

Overall

Sadly I haven’t tried the released Grand Cru expression at 40% to compare this too, in honesty this was a little closed and woody at 56.4% and required a drop of water. The result was an explosion of sweet fruit, cereal malted barley and gentle woody oak balanced to perfection.

Score 90/100

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