New Glenfiddich Single Malt Finished In French Cuvée Casks - The Whiskey Wash

New Glenfiddich Single Malt Finished In French Cuvée Casks

By Nino Marchetti / September 10, 2019

The Glenfiddich distillery is known for putting out some very well regarded Scotch single malt whiskies. One of its latest is perhaps also one of its more exclusive ones to date, taking the form of an over 20 year old expression that’s been finished in “French cuvée casks that once contained the liquid that goes on to become some of the world’s most extraordinary sparkling wines.”

The new Glenfiddich Grand Cru, according to those behind it, was matured for 23 long years, first coming from hand picked American and European oak casks before finishing of upwards of 6 months in the French cuvée casks. It is seen as an expression that blends together the finest flavors “from Scotland and France, to create a true taste of luxury to celebrate with others.”

“Breaking category conventions once more,” said Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, in a prepared statement, “this unusual collaboration presented an exciting opportunity to create a spirit that further elevated our unique Glenfiddich style. We experimented with the maturation time and hand selected the right balance of 23 year old Glenfiddich casks out of our unique collection of old age malts.

Glenfiddich Grand Cru

Glenfiddich Grand Cru (image via Grand Cru)

“The further influence from the oak of the French cuvée casks added an extra layer of complexity thanks to the liquid they once held. Marrying the best of both worlds, the final liquid presents an exceptional finesse and is a special tribute to each individual cuvée cask the malts were finished in.”

Grand Cru is presented in what’s described as a “sleek black glass bottle with its gold Grand Cru print and evocative golden closure [that] are presented in an opulent black box featuring a sparking golden firework design, created to evoke the spirit of celebration and the true taste of luxury contained within.”

This whisky is bottled at 40% ABV and set to price around $300 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes suggest that it has “a myriad of aromas, from apple blossom to candied lemon and freshly baked bread. Rich vanilla, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape build a beautiful harmony of flavors on the palate; enhanced by a long, opulent finish.”