A lovely little Glenfiddich, this was first destined to be only a Travel Retail bottling, but luckily we managed to snag a few bottles. Somewhat like some of the Benromach bottlings we’ve seen lately, this is a whisky that recalls how Speyside whisky used to be. As such there is a distinctive peaty tang to this dram that Glenfiddich fans might not have come across in their whisky before. This is because before industrial techniques became economically viable for Speyside distilleries, they all used peat to dry the malt and halting the malting process. Glenfiddich Vintage Cask is matured in European Oak and Bourbon casks, giving the finished product a lovely mix of flavours. On the nose there is a slightly maritime peat, with apple and pear aromas and a little coffee. The palate is faithful to the nose, but adds oakier, wood spice flavours, and a little thick chocolate. The finish provides the drinker with a lasting smoke, caramel sweetness, and a little dried fruit. A top dram, presented in a smart squat bottle complete with presentation box.