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Glenfiddich Fire and Cane

This release is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental series and bottled at 43% ABV (which is quite unusual from Glenfiddich).   It is a peated malt that is finished in rum casks, hence the Fire and Cane (as in sugarcane)  name.  The nose is smokey, but more camp fire rather than strong peat.  Fire before the Cane.  The taste is spicy and nutty, chocolate, pepper, brown sugar and some honey and a hint of the phenol from peat.  The finish is a little hot, like eating burnt cake batter off a wooden spoon.  Water brings up more brown sugar and some lemon peel.  Very nicely done but not sure I would pair peat and rum casks, personnally I prefer peat and sherry casks.

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  • Thursday, 24 May 2012 23:24

    The Kentucky Bourbon Trail... Pt 2

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    On day 2 of my Kentucky Bourbon Trail  I made it to 4 more working distilleries, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace and on day 3, just before I left, I visited a closed one; Sitizel-Weller. Favorites were Woodford Reserve and Four Roses (neither had a bottling hall) but the obligatory chocolate bourbon balls still made frequent apprearances.

    Woodford Reserve:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/328-woodford-reserve-kentucky-usa

    Four Roses:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/329-four-roses-kentucky-usa

    Wild Turkey:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/330-wild-turkey-kentucky-usa

    Buffalo Trace:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/331-buffalo-trace-kentucky-usa

    Sitzel-Weller:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/332-stitzel-weller-kentucky-usa

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