Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Experimental Series No. 04
Rum Cask Finish
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L32C 4716 2208
Added on
18 Apr 2018 4:58 pm by Vis2020

Average value

€ 50.06

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.88 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    tasted too quickly, a good surprise:
    with fresh peat, fruit on the apple and sweet pear!, vanilla, spices making it a singular mixture, but no less interesting!

  3. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The colour is amber. The nose starts with light peat notes, and goes through perfume to berries, sweet fruits, caramel and spices notes. The palate is sweet with light peated smoke, spices, sweet fruits and coal dust notes. The finish is long, sweet and peaty with spices, sweet fruits, berries and coal notes. Fire & Cane has good balance between sweetness and light peatness. I like it! I gave 86 points.

  4. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Water: No, it's pretty thin

    Conclusion: And again a successful experiment that transfers Glenfiddich to another level. Harmonious and well-balanced, in the mouth then the surprising after the nose Torfexplosion, while he returns in the finish to its roots. But unfortunately too weak on the chest, why not fill a drop with 46%? Then this malt would have become a hit with a little more maturity.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Gentle, but noticeable dry smoke (charcoal fire, smoked bacon), preserved fruits such as peach, pineapple and apricot, malty and sugary sweetness of beet syrup (Grafschafter Goldsaft), overall very harmonious, but a bit thin
    • Taste
      85 85
      he starts with a marked sweetness of sugar and a fruit cocktail, then the smoke hits with unexpected violence, the smoke also has significantly more peat flavors than in the nose
    • Finish
      85 85
      unfortunately this is a bit too short, next to the peat smoke, of course, the sweetness comes through again, but this does not dominate, behind you can then notice with the pear notes, carried by some oak the typical Fiddich 12yo distillery character

  5. Dutchdram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke from a campfire in the Highland hills complemented by a light peaty scent. Followed by lemon zest. Lovely sweet toffee candy. And at the end light spicy note.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Smokeyyyy. Some more toffee candies complemented with caramel sweetness. Now it gets a bit oaky with some baked apples. At the end a light peppery taste.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long. Campfire smoke stays for a bit in your mouth. Also the sweet notes of toffee and light vanilla.

  6. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Sweet and sour on the nose with a good portion of smoke (between Ardmore and Islay). Behind it light fruit notes.

    Very sweet in the mouth and the fruity notes are more present. In addition, a nice note of vanilla develops.

    In the finish there is a flood of light fruits, then with and with a light oak note, which is expressed in chocolate. Behind it a very slightly ashy note.
    Length: 7/10

    Nice Speyside smoker who brings a little more facets to the selection of the smoky bulkheads. The smoke differs slightly from the clear, clean smoke of the Highlanders and the maritime, violent smoke of the Islay representatives. I would have expected more pronounced fruit notes from the rum barrel.

    Fades wonderfully with the Project 20 ;-)

    Grade: 2

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A very special experiment. The result is a very atypical Glenfiddich, not only because of the smoke but also because of the unpleasant alcohol sharpness and the bitterness in the finish.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Cold smoke from the campfire, not strong but easily noticeable. Unusually alcoholic for a Glenfiddich, downright stings in the nose. Pear, quince, light grapes, vanilla, sugary oak spice, dried herbs, honey. As the temperature increases, the aroma becomes even more acidic.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Obvious smoke, more than expected. Very spicy for only 43% and astringent. Unripe pears and apples, orange.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium-long finish. Light smoke. Very bitter (chewed grape seeds), some honey and orange.

  8. michevinyl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Easy going and nice, nice flavors. Affordable.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Light wood smoke, peach, pineapple pie, burnt sugar.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Simple but delicate, light smoke, herbs, lemon tea, cooked pears.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, slightly spicy, mint, dry smoke, suede, toffee.

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    - a very special Glenfiddich
    - quite successful as an experiment, next to the 125th anniversary the 2nd slightly smoky GF that I drank
    - The character is quite strong, less fruity, more spicy and volume, you don't notice much about the rum in particular
    - is more in the direction of bourbon storage
    • Nose
      Spice, light wood odor, forest berries, caramel, creme brulee, very subtle smoke odor
    • Taste
      sweetish strong start, toffee, vanilla, a lot of spice, getting dry, the very subtle smoke taste can also be felt here
    • Finish
      medium-long, powerful finish;
      long spicy, drying aftertaste

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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