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 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L32C 4716 2208
Added on
18 Apr 2018 4:58 pm by vis

Average value

€ 49.61

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.33 points

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  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. diamond2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: open, quite intense, even with a young impudence, immediately tarry and cindery notes, solid, followed by sweet and sour fruit - figs, dates, mango, apple jam, overripe pear, melon. A little off, - malt sweetness, freshly baked white bread. During the tasting process, the phenolic component almost disappears from the aroma, sometimes appearing phantomically.

    Taste: sweet ash, spicy, honey, spices, cinnamon, a little white pepper, drying from pears and apples, sweet peaches, all this is abundantly processed with smoke, slightly mineral and oak, oily.

    Finish: medium length, but without pressure, smoked dried fruit, slightly bitter zest, ash, spices, continues the taste, leaving the sweetness in a pleasant bitterness.

    Rating: 84

    Bottom line: a successful experiment with smoked malt and rum, fat multifruit malt, phenolicity almost disappears in the aroma and adds facets to the taste.

  5. Mr. D. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Rum did not find.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. lucero scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    On the nose delicious sweet tones. Peach, pineapple, ripe pears and a small woody odor. Deeper in the glass, a slight hint of smoke.

    Clearly more smoke in the palette than you can smell on the nose. Clear rum influences in this whisky.

    Deliciously sweet with fruit and some pepper and cinnamon spicy.

    Some salted caramel & butterscotch.

    Along with the smoke and the rum taste very good and nice.

    The aftertaste may be a bit short. The spicyness stays with you the longest. The smoke decreases nicely and slowly.

  8. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. BeatF scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    As with Project XX, the countless filling nuances (marked with the different bottle codes; for me L 32 D 4154 2002 1952) make comparability difficult. This may explain the partial "dispute" as to whether you can smell smoke or not, although the former name of the war "fire & cane" would also suggest ... For me there was clearly a little incense!
    • Nose
      Immediately a campfire over a mighty fruity base (figs, raisins, apples and other ripe fruits). Crystallized honey. Wonderfully balanced, clearly composed.
    • Taste
      Fruity with a light incense in the background, citrus fruits are now added.
    • Finish
      Everything is now even more balanced and powerful. Apples, figs, honey, licorice, salt and: In my opinion, the clear amount of smoke can no longer be denied here. From my memory, the whole thing has something comparable to the Jura Superstition (at least the older versions, unfortunately I have not yet tasted the newer ones). Honey / wax, salt and not too strong smoke result in a mixture in which, depending on the degustant, one part can subjectively outweigh the other.

  10. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    fair puddle
    for me it's not a successful experiment and it's not because of the smoke
    Glenfiddich + Rum + Rauch that doesn't fit, but with Rum you can see it on the Gran Reserva
    not a purchase candidate
    • Nose
      But there is less smoke over time, more ham, sweetness, light molasses, scorched plastic, mineral
    • Taste
      round and soft on the palate
      no more smoke, sweet, brown bananas, light leather, mint / menthol, rum flavors, large spices / herbs (from rum?)
    • Finish
      medium long
      Molasses, menthol, green notes, earthy (dry) / mineral, oak comes, spicy


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