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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, 23 July 2018 17:45

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #41

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    Location: Texas Barbeque Q Smokehouse, Terminal E,Houston Intercontinental Airport

    Date: July 2018

    Price: $15.00 USD

    Recipe: Makers Mark, sweet vermouth and a few dashes of Angosturo bitters

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments:  Cool online ordering system and a good Manhattn, lacked some bitters for me.

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

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