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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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  • Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:17

    There are Some Greedy Angels in Texas

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    Some readers (yes I still cling, despite all evidence to contrary, to the illusion that I have some regular readers like a shipwrecked sailor clings to the wreckage of his boat) may remember that a few months ago after a trip to Tennessee I poured the best part of a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye whiskey into my miniature cask to see how a little aging would impact it.

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/562-the-jack-daniels-unaged-tennesee-rye-experiment

    To be completely honest I had forgotten about it. Then I attended a recent tasting event at Reserve 101 (#houstonsbestbar) with Dan Garrison of Garrison Bros (#texasbestbourbon) and he mentioned that in Texas they enjoy up to 13% “angels share” per year. That reminded me of my little rye aging experiment and when I got home that night I opened the tap on my cask with my empty Glencairn ready and waited. Nothing. Nada. The whisky was harder to find than Edward Snowden at a NSA reunion. Bloody angels or to give them more accurate title....thieving little gits. Using my University of Wales maths, I calculate the angel’s share was 100% in 4 months, so approximately 300% per year!

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    This Spanish single malt was a rather nice surprise in 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die, and certainly, if I am being honest, much better than I expected. Talking of being honest, time for a disclosure. This whisky is not available in the USA so I reached out to their Brand Ambassador (directed by the book’s author Ian Buxton) for help.  Many distilleries have been happy, when I had no option to purchase, to supply me with samples. Some charged me, some didn’t. I didn’t mind either way. One even exchanged the samples in return for a copy of the book (I had two – long story) which they did not even know they were in. The kind people at Embrujo de Granada sent me a bottle as a gift. A full bottle!  What nice people and so I have to admit to being rather taken with them before I had even tried it. The nose is a little grainy with lots of sherry influence. I also got a herbal, almost floral, note. The taste is rich, smooth, fruity and finishes dry. With time milk chocolate, rum and raisin ice cream and vanilla all show up. With water I got little notes of honey and black tea in the long dry finish.  If it sounds rather good, then I did my job. It is rather good and in hindsight Spain does have one unique advantage when it comes to whisky; access to sherry casks. And if, as most experts tell us, the wood is more important that the spirit when it comes to final flavor profile (some say 70/30 others 60/40) then there is no reason why Spain shouldn’t produce very good whisky.