The old children's story is a good analogy for this whisky. All the bluster and hype (and very nicely put together packaging, beautiful textures), can't save the drinker from thinking that perhaps, just maybe, the stuff in the bottle doesn't measure up to the expectations.
My wife loves Ice Wine. I'm not a massive fan but I can see the attraction. It does have a particular place in the desert wine pantheon, the story behind its production is interesting and I'd never say no to a glass. And it's this that made be get a couple of bottles of this Glenfiddich.
As a standard scotch Glenfiddich is one of those ubiquitous flavours that you grow up with. I remember seeing bottles when I was a kid in grown-ups houses. I remember my dad having bottles and it was one of the first scotches I tried when I was getting into whisky. Dependable, well balanced, easy to drink and more rewarding than perhaps some would like to admit. Like a Marks & Spencers sandwich, it will never set the world alight but it does hit the spot.
And so, with the Winter Storm I had high hopes that it would elevate this great work-a-day dram into something a bit special. That the ice Wine cask finishing would highlight the best bits of the distillate and deliver a bigger, more engaging flavour profile. Sadly it didn't.
I don't want to be too hard on what they were trying to do here but charging £200 means you have to deliver on your promises. I love it when a cask finish works and transforms a whisky from good to great but Winter Storm feels like a missed opportunity to impress.
However, all is not lost, Glenfiddich Fire & Cane for a quarter of the price is an absolute belter! Perhaps we all need to get it wrong sometimes to keep us on the right track.