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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams

Environment:

As luck would have it, I was at an event where there was a Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams sampling.

This is a limited bottling, and something I wanted to sample, I just didn’t think it would be possible.  The Cask of Dreams is a blend of Glenfiddich whiskies, but the twist is the story behind the barrels that they were finished in. 

The Glenfiddich team traveled across the US and asked people to commit their dreams and or signatures directly on to the barrels themselves.  These casks, loaded with thousands of signatures and dreams on them were then returned to Scotland for filling.  There were only 11 American Oak barrels like this, and that whisky was finished in them for about 3 months.

In total, there are roughly only 3,500 bottles of this, so I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to try this one out. 

It is the 125th anniversary of the Glenfiddich this year, and it is quite a story.  It seems like both genius marketing and complete logic that they celebrate this occasion with something tied to dreams and the pioneering spirit.  The actual cask I was able to sign is to the right...

All of that said, how does it stack up?

Does it taste good?  Was it dreamy?

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Dark yellow, brownish

Nose:  Big gusts of vanilla.  There is fruit that comes through as well, sweet, like a combination of raisins and black cherries.  Oak clearly influenced the color and nose as well, but not overpowering.

Palate:  Sweetness continues, more vanilla.  About half way through some spiciness comes out with apples and cinammon.

Finish:  The vanilla is still here, and it wraps up with a calm and smooth finish that is carried by the faintest notes of fruit.

Conclusion

I love that this Glenfiddich was bottled at 48.8% ABV.  Many of their offerings are at around 40%, and I think bottling it at this level really lets some of the more subtle notes shine through.  I could only imagine how great the 15 would be at this ABV.  I like that there is new oak in here, and the vanilla really pops because of it.  Furthermore, the massive trend of using sherried casks is abscent here, and I think that is a good thing.  This is a unique whisky for many reasons, and I commend Glenfiddich for once again doing something a little 'outside the box' and sticking to their pioneering heritage...consider me a dreamer.

Score:  85