In many ways, Glenfiddich can be credited with being the distillery that established the single malt in the popular consciousness, properly marketing it for the first time in the 60s. This bottling celebrates their long and successful history (all 125 years of it!), and was introduced in 2012, originally for the travel retail market. This expression consists of a combination of peated and unpeated malt, whisky matured in ex-Bourbon casks and whisky matured in ex-Sherry casks. The result is a malt whisky of exceptional balance. The nose offers up roasted nuts, burnt sugar, smouldering oak and a slightly floral peat wisp. On the palate, vanilla and classic Glenfiddich apples takes hold, with some herbal peat flavours and a little citrus rind. The finish is medium in length with more of the peat notes here, tobacco ash, cinnamon and toffee.
The whisky is beautifully presented, with a copper cork, metal box and information leaflet. A peated Glenfiddich is not something you see everyday, and in the 5 years since this whisky was released, it has become increasingly rare, so “Fiddich fans should move fast if they want to sample this tremendous dram!