DRINK REVIEW: Glenfiddich Experimental Series Whisky – IPA Cask Finish

Whisky Tasting Notes

Glenfiddich Experimental Series IPA Cask Nose: A fresh, innocent nose of pear drop sweets and slices of sharp, juicy apple. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was ‘Chardonnay Cask’, not IPA.

Glenfiddich Experimental Series IPA Cask Taste: There’s the classic Glenfiddich apple flavour with a suggestion of cinnamon, but now zesty, green hops join the party. Some would say it has a silky mouthfeel, I’d say it was very thin. Although perfectly pleasant, the whisky remains quite one-dimensional.

Glenfiddich Experimental Series IPA Cask Finish: A surprisingly long finish, with a charming sweetness, although the dry, raw hops remain overly brash. I suspect some people will love it; for me, it lacked the personality to want to buy more.

Flavour 7/10    Value 7/10

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Glenfiddich Experimental Series Whisky - IPA Cask Finish
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Whisky Tasting Notes

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Nose: A punchy, intense nose of rich peat and mouthwatering caramelised chorizo, frying in a smoking pan. It’s an aroma that demands attention; I’ve never found a Speyside this endearing, especially at only ten years old.

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Taste: Not just wood smoke, but tar, creosote and other manly things hitting you at 50% AVB. The peat pushes things forward but freshens up with heavy doses of spicy ginger and drizzles of golden syrup. It’s not delicate, but it’s characterful and balanced.

Old Ballantruan 10 Year Finish: Such a god damn malty and unexpectedly long, comforting finish. The peat lingers but accommodates the smoothly serenading Speyside sensations  – I love it.

Flavour 8/10    Value 10/10

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The only peated Speyside I’ve come across…