Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish
March 2021

Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish

Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish will have you sparkling in more ways than one, with floral notes and rose petals, a tantalizingly silky palate with peaches and white chocolate, finishing with well refined soft toffee oak.

United Kingdom

Colour Autumn Gold

Nose Floral notes of autumn leaves and rose petals moves into potpourri. Fresh brioche gives way to orchard fruits of apples and pears then finishes up with stewed plums and toffee.

Palate Delicate peaches and cream coat the mouth on top of buttered scones amidst a drop of vanilla. Toasted sourdough with a dusting of cinnamon and a trace of nutmeg transitions through to white chocolate.

Finish Elegant and velvety. Apricot Jam and caramel jerseys combine before hazelnuts and soft old oak round out this mouthwatering journey.

Food Match Fresh oysters with a dash of lemon followed by chicken mignon with a white wine jus

Overview

 

We’ve got our hands on something very special from the biggest selling, most awarded Single Malt in the world, and you’re set for a very good time! Elegant and sophisticated, Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish will have you sparkling in more ways than one.

This rare and exciting whisky is just the third time these casks have been used for a release in Scotch History. The casks used to finish Glenfiddich Grand Cru are French Cuvée Casks, casks that have been used by producers for the first fermentation of wine that will traditionally go on to become France’s most famous sparkling wine after a second fermentation in bottles.

But the process behind the creation of this whisky was more than just finishing 23 year old whisky in Cuvée casks. Both Glenfiddich aged malt and French wine have elevated intricacies and are delicate liquids, so when working with both you need to pay an extra level of attention to detail.

This task was left in the ever-capable hands of Glenfiddich’s legendary Master Blender Brian Kinsman, who went through their aged stock in search of a certain style of whisky from both American and French casks, that when married together and put into the Cuvée casks would not only highlight the wine notes, but also accentuate and elevate the single malt to a whole new level. Once the whisky was ready after up to 6 months finishing, it was then decanted into the only wooden marrying vats in a Scottish distillery for at least 3 months. This marrying technique, unique to Glenfiddich, helps the flavours integrate and fuse together while mellowing out any unwanted sharp notes that may occur.

Two versions of the Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old were released back in 2019 - a standard 40% version and a limited release at 43%. We’ve managed to get hold of a small amount of the limited release, which at the higher 43% ABV has a richer, creamier mouthfeel, letting those orchard fruits that Glenfiddich’s known for really pop on the tongue.

Combining subtlety and elegance with a touch of pizazz, this is Glenfiddich - or even whisky - as you’ve never seen it before. With the 40% release selling online for up to $599.00, this super rare old aged Glenfiddich at $395.00 is a must have for drinking or the collection! Be quick: Sign Up Free now to get your hands on a bottle while stocks last.

WHISKY SPECS

Price: $395.00

Age: 23 Years Old

ABV: 43%

Maturation: American Oak and French Oak finished in Cuvée casks for up to 6 months.

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Glenfiddich's History

The Glenfiddich Distillery was established in 1886 by William Grant and is one of the greatest success stories of Scotch whisky, single-handedly creating the single malt category and now accounting for about 30% of all single malt sales worldwide. 

Having spent his younger years learning the trade at Mortlach Distillery, Grant dreamed of one day running his own distillery with ambitions to make ‘the best dram in the valley’. Through endeavour and thrift, he saved £119, 19 shillings, and 10 pence for a copper pot still and the necessary equipment to realise his dream, and in 1886 Grant and his nine children laid the first stone of the Glenfiddich Distillery in his native Dufftown. Over the next 18 months the Grant family built the distillery with the help of only a single stonemason, and on Christmas Day 1887 the first spirit flowed from the stills. 

Like most Scotch distilleries, Glenfiddich had a brush with the Pattinsons crisis, but in this instance, it set in motion a series of innovations that led to the company’s enormous success. Naturally Pattinsons was Glenfiddich’s biggest customer, but instead of succumbing to failure when the Pattinson brothers filed for bankruptcy, the Grant family decided to begin blending their own whisky instead. The move paid off and their aptly named Standfast blend soon became a major success, providing crucial cashflow at a time when the rest of the industry was going bust. 

By the 1920s, distillery numbers in Scotland had dwindled to record lows, mainly as a result of the Pattinsons crisis, a World War and prohibition in America, and it was in this gloomy climate that William Grant and Sons made their biggest gamble. In 1923, with prohibition in full swing, William’s grandson Grant Gordon joined the family firm and took the surprising call to dramatically increase production. His gamble paid off because ten years later when Eisenhower repealed prohibition, Glenfiddich was one of only six Scottish distilleries still operating with warehouses full of malt whisky to meet the surge in demand for fine, aged whiskies. 

The 60s and 70s were again difficult times for the industry, with many small independent distillers going out of business, but yet again William Grant & Sons made some pioneering decisions that ensured their success and drastically shaped the industry. The first move came in 1961 when they commissioned leading 20th century designer Hans Schleger to create the now iconic triangular bottle. Widely regarded as one of the best marketing moves of all time, from that moment on Glenfiddich literally stood out on the shelf. In the same year Glenfiddich defied critics and released their first single malt and two years later became the first single malt to be marketed outside Scotland. The launch was supported with aggressive advertising campaigns and eleven years later sixteen new stills were installed to cope with demand. 

Despite being one of the biggest distilleries in Scotland, Glenfiddich still has one of the most hands-on approaches to whisky production. The only distillery to use a single source of natural spring water from start to finish (the infamous Robbie Dhu Spring) Glenfiddich the capacity to produce over 20,000,000 million litres a year. With a 60-hour-long fermentation in 50,000 litre washbacks, the wash is feed through their 43 stills of the same shape and size as the original stills from 1886. These are heated by a mix of steam and direct fire. Having the choice of both steam and direct fire gives Glenfiddich two different spirit types which are then combined together before getting put into cask.

The distillery has its own team of coppersmiths on hand just in case a still springs a leak or for when maintenance is needed, as well as an on-site cooperage that’s been operating since 1959 to not only deal with the enormous amount of spirit being laid down but also to rejuvenate casks once they’ve had their first fill of Glenfiddich whisky. Bottling is also done in their own onsite bottling facility - the only Speyside distillery with such a luxury.

Today Glenfiddich is the world’s biggest selling and most awarded single malt and William Grant can rest peacefully knowing that his descendants have expanded his vision, making not only the best dram in the valley, but the world. And of course, as an added bonus his descendants have become Scotland’s richest family, with a staggering fortune of $3.9billion. 

Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old Cuvée Cask Finish

Distillery Facts

Region: Speyside

Origin: The Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Banffshire, AB55 4DH, Scotland, United Kingdom

Founded: 1886

Water Source: Robbie Dhu Spring

Washbacks: 48

Stills: 43

Capacity: 20,000,000 litres per annum

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