Whisky Launch Event & Review: Glenfiddich 1977 Rare Collection Single Cask (Exclusively for Heinemann Duty Free & good Partners)

Glenfiddich has partnered with travel retailer Heinemann Duty Free to unveil the prestigious Glenfiddich 1977 Rare Collection Cask No. 15176. A single cask, aged for 40 years, this exquisite expression will be available to consumers from January 2018 travelling through Kuala Lumpur and Sydney airports. A launch event was held on 20th February 2018 at the Kittyhawk, organized by Agent 99 Public Relations.

Exclusive to Heinemann and its partners, just 150 bottles will be available for sale retailing at an RRP of AUD 4,352. Created as part of the Glenfiddich Rare Collection Programme, this single cask has been nurtured by Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, who hand-selects only a small number of exceptional casks for the esteemed collection.

Mr. Kinsman commented, “Put into an American Oak Refill Hogshead cask 40 years ago, this is an exceptional whisky of rare character and complexity. Only a small number of casks are chosen for the Rare Collection and I am delighted to have selected this particular whisky for consumers to enjoy via Heinemann Duty Free and its partners.”

Richard Goodman, Head of Operations at Heinemann Tax & Duty Free, said: “We’re proud to continue our successful partnership with William Grant & Sons in this region. The exclusive product and customer experience are truly unique to our store, and we are excited to continuously elevate the travel retail experience at Sydney International Airport”.

Presentation is in a clear bottle to showcase the colour of the whisky, with a visible cork and hand applied temper evident strip. Each bottle is individually numbered to add collectability and guarantee authenticity, while the label highlights the “Heinemann Duty Free & Partners” exclusivity.

As a whisky lover, you know you are in for a real treat when you are offered a dram of distillery bottling Glenfiddich 40 years old single cask. Here’s my wee tasting notes on this…

Whisky Review:

Glenfiddich 1977 Rare Collection Single Cask (Exclusive for Heinemann Duty Free & Partners)

Style: Composed and Complex

Nose:

Beautiful golden malt, perfumed tropical fruits with a soft touch of wood smoke at its tail. Cereal grain, comfortable leather notes nicely accompanied by fresh and baked apples. A hint of green freshness can be found here, very nice. I am nosing from a tall wine glass (sorry no tasting glass or glencairn) here, the aroma is fainter than usual but overall a very balanced one.

Palate:

Oatmeal with more red and green apple slices on the front palate. Honeycomb, another touch of leather. Fragrant fruits supported by courteous oak and some dry barley. Cinnamon bark lightly torched, anise (maybe?) and nutmeg. Subtle dried figs emerges at the back. Oakiness slowly building up after multiple sips. Faint perfume notes return and hazelnut chocolate to finish.

Finish:

Stewed pineapple and papaya with a light smoky tail. Dried prunes, chocolate milkshake to finish.

Thoughts:

While a mere 22ml serve served in a tall wine glass is very challenging for me to whip up a proper review, but I am also very lucky given how rare (also read “expensive”) an OB Glenfiddich 40 is these days. A beautifully composed malt. Balanced on all fronts, subtle on delivery with elements breathing rather freely. Maybe an extra little magic can make it from good to great, nonetheless it deliveries right on spec – fares exactly what you would expect from a 40yo Glenfiddich single cask. A very nice dram. Close to 2 stars.

☆ [Recommended]

[43.3% • Original Bottling • 2017 Bottled • 1977 Distilled • Aged 40 Years • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Strength • Cask Number: 15176 • Matured in American Oak Refill Hogshead • 150 Bottles • *]

-Esmond

Whisky Review: Acorn New Harmony Wardhead 1997 Aged 19 Years 

Style: Icy and Spicy

Nose:

Delicate orchard fruits strolling across a barley field. A nice yield of floral nectar and buttering aroma on the nose. Enticingly sweet while icy peppermint spice pushes in at a moderate strength. A nice balance of apples, fruitiness and cereal notes. Looking sharp but smooth.

Palate:

Feisty peppermint laying path for more orchard and stone fruits on the palate. Icy apple notes intertwined with the spices to form a nice backbone. Candy floss flies on top while malt butter undertone going lower. Nice delicate texture with a good balance.

Finish:

Malt brushes with a final glimpse of orchard fruitiness. The fruits stay on a while, sweet and smooth, finishes with a touch of white flower nectar.

Thoughts:

A very well structured Wardhead (for those who haven’t heard of Wardhead, it is Glenfiddich teaspooned with Balvenie, so it is technically a blended malt, but basically a Glenfiddich). Neat, sweet and balanced that makes you think that it is no coincidence that Glenfiddiich is now the best-selling single malt in the world. Not exactly complex, but the frosty, apple sweetness presented at optimum spice. Bueno.

☆ [Recommended]

[50.5% • 2016 Bottled • 1997 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Blended Malt • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Cask Number: 186 • *]

-Esmond 

Tasted at Whisky & Alement, Melbourne 

Whisky Review: Glenfiddich 15 Years Old Distillery Edition

Style: Sweet and Delicate

Nose:
Elegant autumn apple on the nose. Baked pastry, lemon tart underlined by subtle barley husk and honey brushes. Going deeper we have almonds and cinnamon dust comes with considerable chilli spices at the back. Icy and crisp.

Palate:
Warmer as we have a bigger malt presence on the palate. Vanilla malt moved up and sit next to orchard fruits at the front role. Very refined notes of apples and cinnamon sticks while ginger spice lashes out a zinging whip. Roasted almonds and a pinch of nutmeg sprinkled on top. Oak slowly emerges, milk chocolate, delicate and smooth.

Finish:
Dark and milk chocolate and orchard fruit notes staying on, surrounded by ginger spice which gives a tingling sensation. Pretty nice.

Thoughts:
To be honest, the thought of Glenfiddich at a higher strength gets me excited (WGS if you are reading this please do more 43s!). This one is bottled at 51% and I am not disappointed as the power is strong enough to deliver the flavours. The spirit itself exquisitely delicate and refined, crisp apples singing high notes while deeper, nuts and vanilla malt holding up nicely. This is no super cask or blend in here but I feel the quality of the spirit speaks for itself. No wonder Glenfiddich is one of the best single malts in the world, well deserved.

[51% • 2009 Bottled • Original Bottling • Non Chill Filtered • General Release • t]

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Esmond

Whisky Review: Glenfiddich Private Vintage 1975 Specially Bottled for Cathay Pacific

Style: Delicate and Dignified

Nose:
Velvety but massively complex aroma on the nose. Resins and vanilla oak notes are surprisingly up front. Buttery stewed fruits are hiding slightly deeper, dried apricots and apple rings. Milk chocolate malt, chilli spice gives a gentle graze. Every element manages to find a window to sing its tone.

Palate:
The fresh, fruity and grassy tone becomes more visible on the palate. Generously creamy and buttery caramel dripping over candied apples, while crisp red apples elegantly resounding from the core. Dried fruit overtones. Slightly waxy, splendid sweetness squeezing out from black coffee candies, taking a hint of dignified oak. Malt beaming with a cheerful smile. Dry ginger sparkles, very comfortable palate.

Finish:
Soft creamy apple crumble. Green apple slices and gentle vanilla malt.

Thoughts:
A complex offering from Glenfiddich. You can definitely feel the age resides within the dram, yet it responds with more than that. A lot has been built around the Speyside core, all elements playing their own tune, perhaps not always in unison, but the rhythm has been calm and steady. Fruity, balanced, dignified but maintaining a sense of vibrancy. Quite a sophisticated dram.

☆ [Recommended]

[50.7% • 2007 Bottled • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • Bottle Number: 69 • Cask Number: 20540 • Aged 32 Years • *]

-Esmond

Whisky Review: Glenfiddich ‘Project XX’

Tasting Notes:

Glenfiddich Experimental Series 02 ‘Project XX’

Style: Sweet and Spicy

Nose:

Almost a winey texture on the nose, clean thread of autumn apples feeding through the scent. Generous caramel-cereal crust shatters to reveal orange candy, fruity liquorice lurking within. A quick of honey and black pepper spice dusting over.

Palate:

Deeper, initial touch of black liquorice and tropical gummies. Fragrant apple crumbles and overripe fruits simmering with vanilla cream and chilli flakes. Malt syrup dripping and finishes with a sweet creamy mocha touch.

Finish:

Coffee mate with sweet cranberries and candied pears. Subtle but enduring apples last very long to finish.

Thoughts:

A sweet Glenfiddich which is tuned up by decent spice (finally!). Rich and louder flavours closely arranged to each other. Relatively fuzzy and soft textured comparing to its counterparts. Sherry influence is somewhat more evident but it feels there are more than that going on. Quite good. I must also add the packaging is spectacular!

[47% • 2016 • Original Bottling • No Age Statement • Non Chill Filtered • General Release]

-Esmond

 

Whisky Review: Glenfiddich Aged 30 Years

Style: Orchard Fruits, Dignified and Complex

Nose: 

Elegant aroma diffuses in softly, a beautifully knitted medley of red apples, resins, black tea leaves and caramel notes generate a light, bright but dignified vibe. Dry smoke and white pepper wraps around sweet creamy malt. A nice and complex nose.

Palate:

A drier than usual introduction on the palate, distant smoke can be quickly detected. Orchard fruits bring in nice cereal malt lightly coated with honey. Then we have even more delightful sweetness from dried apricots and dragées in the middle. A persistent, gentle undertone of aged, dark fruits sherry humming all through the palate nicely. Going tannic with a touch of caramel, but quickly diluted and lifted at the end.

Finish:

Pink lady red apples whispering happily with honey and dates, throw in a few acorns in the way. A lasting taste of forest fruits.

Thoughts:

Signatures of long maturation is pretty evident since the start of this dram, this archaic bass balance nicely against the brighter fruity malts to create great complexity. Beautifully constructed. The flavours have been tremendous at this strength but boy I really wish this can be bottled at 46%…

☆ [Recommended]

[40% • 2005 Bottled • Original Bottling • General Release • Replaced]