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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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  • Friday, 05 April 2013 06:12

    The Jack Daniel's Unaged Tennesee Rye Experiment

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    As I mentioned in a recent blog entry “Tennessee; The Perfect Birthday Gift” (http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/538-tennessee-the-perfect-birthday-gift) I recently picked up a bottle of Jack Daniels Unaged Tennessee rye. As I tried it and made some tasting notes I realized this was a bottle I was not going to dipping into frequently and while interesting there was high likelihood of it gathering a lot of dust in my already overcrowded whisky cabinet. As problems go, not having enough room for whisky, is very much a first world problem and not something any one reading this is likely to get concerned about, but nonetheless I found myself pondering what to do with it.

    One answer is of course mixing it and making cocktails. Afterall that is the main market for this product. Except that I don’t drink cocktails and it woudl require buying more bottles of sweet vermouth and angostura bitters that would take up similar amounts of whisky storage real estate and besides who can be bothered to make simple syrups and squeeze limes. One reason I enjoy whisky is its simplicity… open, pour, drink, repeat. No faffing. I am not big on faffing. However I do have a small oak cask I bought for home blending and it occurred to me to “age the unaged”.   So I updated my tasting notes (link below) to include reference to clear color (and took picture above which is perfectly dreadful I know but this is a whisky blog not a photo blog) and then on March 18th I poured a little of the unaged rye to “rinse” out any residue from previous blending experiment as best I could and then emptied it. Then I poured the rest of the crystal clear fluid into the cask. It filled about two thirds of the cask. I now have an alarm in my calendar for June17th (approximately 90 days) and at that time I will pour a sample and take a picture and compare tasting notes and color. Perhaps I will drink it then or decide to age it for a further 90 days. I will keep you posted.

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/545-jack-daniels-unaged-tennessee-rye

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