About Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series Scotch Whisky
In the heart of Speyside, in the Highlands, nestled in a majestic green aurora, sits the Glenfiddich distillery. Gaelic for "Valley of the Deer," Glenfiddich features a stag on their emblem. Founded by William Grant in the summer of 1886 with his seven sons and 2 daughters, Glenfiddich is one of the only Scottish distilleries to remain family owned. The distillery was built by hand, on the banks of the Fiddich River. The first spirit dripped from the stills a year later on Christmas day 1887.
Throughout its history, Glenfiddich has remained a resourceful business, far outpacing their competitors in production capacity and innovation. In the beginning, they produced blends for various clients, but when their biggest client Pattison went bankrupt in 1898, Glenfiddich created its own blend "Steadfast," and in 1903 Glenfiddich was incorporated as William Grant & Sons.
In 1923, Prohibition dried the markets to a trickle. Only 6 Scottish distilleries remained open, Glenfiddich was one of them. During this time, Grant Gordon — grandson of William Grant — joined the family business. At the height of Prohibition, he insightfully increased whisky production, anticipating a surge in demand after the ban.
In the late 1950s, an onsite cooperage was established, with coppersmiths to tend to the distillery’s distinctive copper stills. During 1963, William Grant & Sons responded resourcefully to a grain dispute with DCL, by building their own Girvan grain distillery, and made the decision to bottle and promote Glenfiddich as a single malt. They became the first Scottish whisky to promote their single malt outside of Scotland. This perspicacity is what introduced the single malt to the entire world.
Glenfiddich has a longstanding presence in the whisky industry. Always on the forefront of imagination and innovation, it is the most awarded whisky in the world, and one of the best-selling whisky brands. In 1969 they were the first distillery to open their doors to the public… to this day they offer everything from tours to private chef experiences. Under the pagoda-style roofs are two still houses with 28 pear-shaped copper stills, and handcrafted oak Solera vats that were added in 1998, to marry a range of aged spirits. They produce a colossal 10 million liters per year, using a specially sourced malted barley from Balvenie. They draw water from the Robbie Dhu Spring.
Their Experimental series features innovative and ground-breaking single malts, expressions that explore the limits of whisky. There's an India pale ale-finished single malt, one that was aged in Icewine casks, as well as Project XX that had 20 industry veterans collaborating for its release. The Fire & Cane expression is an equally bold venture, a marriage of Glenfiddich's signature sweet style with an atypical smokiness. Peated whisky and bourbon-barrel-aged malts come together to be finished in Latin rum casks for an exquisite profile of smoke and toffee sweetness.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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