Continuing from Ardbeg 19, we have another expensive whisky today from Glenfiddich.
This Grand Cru will cost you £220 in the UK and has not been particularly well explained. I thought this was a continuation of their Experimental Series but is, in fact, part of a new series of whiskies modestly entitled ‘Grand.’
I had also thought that this was finished in Grand Cru red wine barrels, but this is not the case either. It is instead finished in barrels that had been used to ferment what would become Grand Cru Champagne. Interesting…
What does the whisky taste like though, let’s find out.
Glenfiddich 23 Grand Cru 40%
Nose: Oxidised red apple, orange, some sulphur, icing, red grape, mixed spice, toffee. Good complexity but notes don’t quite work together.
Taste: A bit sharp, apple and spice, lacking power then watery apple and orange juice, a little sulphur, tannin, flat throughout.
Finish: Long length. Chocolate, watery again, quite long but lacking.
Very meh for the money you’d have to pay. And, much like Winter Storm, I really don’t see much of an influence the casks have had on this. And seriously, 40% William Grant? 40%?!
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