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Glenfiddich Fire and Cane

This release is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental series and bottled at 43% ABV (which is quite unusual from Glenfiddich).   It is a peated malt that is finished in rum casks, hence the Fire and Cane (as in sugarcane)  name.  The nose is smokey, but more camp fire rather than strong peat.  Fire before the Cane.  The taste is spicy and nutty, chocolate, pepper, brown sugar and some honey and a hint of the phenol from peat.  The finish is a little hot, like eating burnt cake batter off a wooden spoon.  Water brings up more brown sugar and some lemon peel.  Very nicely done but not sure I would pair peat and rum casks, personnally I prefer peat and sherry casks.

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  • Sunday, 09 April 2017 07:57

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #28

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    Location: Roast, Borough Market, London, UK

    Date: March 2017

    Price: 12 GBP ($14.85 USD)

    Recipe: Buffalo Trace, Dubonnet and Peychaud's bitters

    Garnish: Mashed up Blackberries

    Served: Up

    Comments: Technically this was a little "off piste" as a Manhattan with blackberries and Dubonnet but I liked it....

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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