Glenfiddich ‘Project XX’ (47%, OB, 2016)
Another NAS, so another story, and despite the name, it’s got nothing
to do with a mid-1970s Italian erotic/Sci-Fi movie, mind you. This time
it’s twenty brand ambassadors (you know, our very friendly… err,
friends) that selected twenty casks (how convenient) that have then been
vatted together. I find the bottle as lovely as the IPA’s, they did put
a lot of effort into the packaging. At £50, I’m sure my dearest
concierge will buy one; Christmas trees, get ready! Colour: gold. Nose:
more action. More complex, with a heavier fruity style, figs, raisins,
some fresh butter, a lovely maltiness, many cakes, kugelhopf, yellow
flowers, a touch of heather honey, then fresh oranges… I really find
this nose lovely. Mouth: much more classic than the IPA, with more
depth, and something that reminds me of the older 15 yo Cask Strength.
Cakes and raisins, apple pie, artisan cider, then a bigger tannicity.
Indeed it is rather tannic, in the style of some rural young Calvados.
Finish: quite long, quite tannic, quite spicy, but the apples and the
dryish raisins are keeping the freshness. Comments: the most Glenfiddich
of them two. I may have to speak with my concierge. SGP:451 - 82 points.