Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 Years
The third expression in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series will be a 21 Year Old called Glenfiddich Winter Storm.
After an IPA finish and Project XX, this is an Icewine Cask Finish, finished for six months in French oak casks previously containing icewine from Peller Estate in Niagara. The back label says it is best enjoyed in a frozen glass with a frozen grape. I remember trying a Glen Breton Ice once, a Canadian whisky experiment which was quite nice.
The expression, which comes in a white ceramic bottle, will be released globally in two batches: October 2017 and March 2018. It will be available for around € 230.
Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy
Bowmore is working on a new series of three whiskies finished in wine casks, called the Bowmore Vintner’s Trilogy which will be launched in October. Each of the expressions has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels before getting a long finish in wine casks:
- Bowmore 18 Year Old Manzanilla Cask (52,5%) is finished in Manzanilla sherry casks for five years (€ 110)
- Bowmore 26 Year Old French Oak Barrique (48,7%) is finished for 13 years in wine barriques (€ 420)
- Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask (48,7%) is finished in Port pipes. This one will be released later in 2018.
The Kinship – Hunter Laing
During Feis Ile 2017, Hunter Laing will present The Kinship, a series of six whiskies created to mark the start of their Ardnahoe distillery and pay tribute to some of their neighbours on Islay. Each cask was selected by Jim McEwan, who will host two £ 150 tastings at the festival. No info on the price of the bottles – brace positions, everyone.
- Bunnahabhain 28 Year Old 1988 (sherry)
- Bowmore 30 Year Old 1987
- Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1983 (sherry)
- Laphroaig 30 Year Old 1987
- Ardbeg 26 Year Old 1991
- Port Ellen 34 Year Old 1982
On a smaller note, there’s also an upcoming Tomatin 1972 and Glen Scotia 25 Year Old, which is matured in American oak barrels and bottled at 48.8%.