Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

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

Average value

€ 51.02

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.78 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. 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

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A nice addition to the Glenfiddich Core Range. Very good to drink and amazingly intense in the mouth. I like it quite well.
    • Nose
      creamy, vanilla, slightly molasses, quite light and simple, slightly ashen smoke, but only as an undertone, apple, both rum influence and smoke not very dominant, generally sweet, overall quite pleasant to smell
      after the first sip of intense vanilla, also slightly banana
    • Taste
      oily and creamy, clear smoke, ashy again, also here more rum, molasses, sour, vanilla, not so sweet, apple, slightly dry, the 43% are here a starch that transports the taste quite well
    • Finish
      Dry, dry, slightly sticky, yes again ash, and this dry ash also lasts the longest

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

  6. Dagobert scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. dhillworth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The aroma is very restrained, but the taste / finish is one step higher - very juicy, dense, thorough, sweet creamy-lemon whisky on an oak substrate with an admixture of smoky-peat motifs.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, light peat notes with damp metallic hues, like water in a rusty iron bucket, lemon peel, ash, dry boards, fresh herbal motifs, carpentry workshop, solvent, eucalyptus, grain.
    • Taste
      Dense, calm, old oak, vanilla, nuts, sweet creamy caramel notes, salt, leather goods, light ash and peat shades, lemon slice in sweet tea, very juicy.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, sweet cream with a light herbal sourness, lemon peel, vanilla, mint, a little ginger.

  10. praisethepasta scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Not to say spectacular, but just a very well made whisky, especially given the pricetag (around €40). It has the potential to be an absolute beast if it were given a more potent 46% ABV, so let's keep dreaming there might one day be a cask strength version of this.
    • Nose
      84 84
      peaty, licorice, young and wet wood, vanilla stick, garden herbs and floral (sage, buttercup), savory
    • Taste
      83 83
      balancing and doubting between the sweet rum notes and the peaty notes. Not very complex and a bit thin perhaps, but well rounded and quite enjoyable. bakery notes (spices, stewed fruit, cinnamon) counterpart the peaty notes (campfire mostly, with a very light earthiness to it)
    • Finish
      80 80
      rather short to medium long, dry with soft spices.


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