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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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  • Monday, 09 May 2016 08:24

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #14

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    Location: Reserve 101, Houston, Texas

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 8 USD

    Recipe: Dolin Vermouth, Bulleit Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: One of my favorites (love the maraschino) and great value.  Must try with rye....

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

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