Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera Housed In Crystal

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera Housed In Crystal

By Nino Marchetti / November 16, 2015

Glenfiddich, one of the more popular Scottish distilleries these days, is also one of those known for putting forth rather expensive bottlings. They turned up on our list of some of the most pricey Scotch makers earlier this year, and now a new release announced for travel retail was created in partnership with Baccarat, the world-famous manufacturer of fine crystal glassware.

What’s being called the Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera is the first in a planned series of rare whisky expressions, according to those behind it. Here’s exactly what you can expect of this whisky – which, by the way, prices at £1,750 ($2,640 USD):

Glenfiddich’s Malt Master Brian Kinsman selected up to 20 of the finest casks from Glenfiddich’s extensive collection of rare whiskies, which have been maturing in Glenfiddich Bourbon and American Oak casks.  He then married these whiskies for at least two months using Glenfiddich’s unique Solera process, in a specially created tun that can only hold 2,000 litres, creating a rich, balanced whisky with complex flavours. The Solera process guarantees the continuity of the whisky’s flavour and taste as the tun is never less than half full and is constantly replenished.

Only when Brian believes the liquid is ready will he release the whisky, which is then hand-decanted into exquisite Baccarat decanters.  Each batch is numbered, and there will be a maximum of 600 bottles per batch.  With Brian carefully selecting different casks for each new batch, no two batches will ever be the same.

Adding to the rarity of this premium product is the decanter itself, which is individually hand-blown by Baccarat master glassmakers, meaning each one is truly unique.  Every individual decanter is marked with a bottle number, and the batch number is hand-written on the label alongside the signature of Brian Kinsman.  The neck collar and stopper are made from premium copper, with hand-engraved Glenfiddich wording and the iconic stag emblem. The red cartouche, a reference to the iconic Baccarat red logo, is created using 24 carat gold powder and is proudly displayed on the bottle in tribute to the skill and traditions of Baccarat’s craftsmen.

Each bottle of this 48% ABV, honey gold-colored whisky will be housed in a presentation box. Official tasting notes from Glenfiddich are presented below for your consideration.

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Finest Solera

Nose: Rich vanilla and toffee notes overlaid with a deep oakiness. Adding a few drops of water releases a ripe autumn fruitiness, full of red berries, rich apricots and poached pear.

Taste: Velvety smooth and mellow. Luxurious oak and sweet crème brûlée flavours intertwine with soft spices, raw cane sugar and caramelised fruit.

Finish: Beautiful with a long-lasting sweetness.