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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Fire & Cane
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.13 points
Some smoke peat, fruity, sweet, butterscotch, tiger balm
Smoky, fruity, sultanas, sweet, toffee, pepper
Long, sweet, fruity, smoky, salty, oaky, peppery
- Surprisingly wild after the relatively harmonious nose. I like it, the peat level is set correctly ... this is not a peat monster but it is already much more than just nuances. The fruitiness is nice in the nose, otherwise it is a spice bomb. The rum has relatively little to say here, in my opinion. Another successful Glenfiddich.
Very fruity nose, gummy bears, jelly pear, flowery, but also clear hints of peat, cloves, spices on the whole very sweet, but with the appropriate kick.
Amazingly tart after the nose, this is where I also like to taste the rum for the first time. Dry, tart, spices, pepper, a relatively strong smoke, some eucalyptus.
Very long on peat, a little bitter oak, black pepper, spices and some wood.
The most recent release in the Experimental Series (already available in some market, but in Belgium only from January 2019 forward, unfortunately) is this Glenfiddich Fire & Cane. It is a very atypical Glenfiddich – so perfect for this series, eh? – because daringly peated. With its 8ppm (hence the ‘Fire’) this makes for a smoky Glenfiddich. The ‘Cane’ refers to the rum casks on which this Glenfiddich – after regular maturation on bourbon cask – was finished. I was able to try it at a fantastic Glenfiddich Experimental Series Tasting Experience in Brussels on the 17th October and was very pleasantly surprised.
The nose starts very sweet on barley sugars, juicy peach, dried apricots, tinned pineapple and green banana. Then some bresilliene nuts and baked pear, soft spices from the wood and… there it is: a delicate smokiness with a salty note. Exotic and atypical and delicious.
Wonderfully creamy and full-bodied, immediately sweet and spicy (toffee, baked pears, apples with cinnamon and cloves) in a smoky jacket. Yes, you can taste the rum notes. This is nicely balance and a very good combination.
The finish takes me to a dying camp fire, where I slurp some hot mocha with a piece of toffee. The spices linger the longest: nutmeg, pepper and cloves.
Not exactly what you would expect from Glenfiddich. A peaty Glenfiddich on rum cask: doesn’t have to get much crazier than this. But when it’s this good, you can only call it a successful experiment. This bottle will lighten up many a cold winter’s evening.
- Oh yes, this is another successful experiment by the folks from Dufftown! Reminds me of the first experiment, Glenfiddich IPA. Instead of the filigree notes of citrus and hops, here you find a perfect combination of sweet rum flavours, juicy fruit and gentle smoke. Indeed, the fine peat smoke very nicely supports the fruity, malty and sweet aromas of this bottling, without standing in the foreground. Very nice to drink, dangerously palatable.
Sweet start on the nose with malted barley, toffee and fresh peaches and apricots, nicely mixed with notes of slightly roasted pears and bananas. The smoke is very discreet with soft peat, tender oak spice and lingering exotic rum flavours in the back. A very appealing nose!
Deliciously sweet on the palate with barley sugar, toffee, baked yellow apples and pears, all nicely wrapped in soft peat smoke. Then warming spices emerge with oak, pepper, subtle nutmeg and tender cloves.
The finish is medium long, warm and sweet with barley sugar and toffee, accompanied by lingering and gentle campfire smoke.
With water: Less smoky on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Quite fruity with lots of apples and pears, complemented with sweet notes of malted barley. Still sweet and fruity on the palate, however, the warming spiciness with oak, black pepper and nutmeg comes to the fore with noticeable more peat smoke in the background. The finish is a bit shorter with warming notes of sweet toffee, rum and a whiff of smoke.
- Glenfiddich says:
"Peated spirit, finished in a latin rum cask
- 43% abv
- price: between 12y and 15y
- launch: august 2018
- matured in American oak refill & Bourbon casks
- only 126 rum casks available"