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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, 15 August 2013 16:17

    There are Some Greedy Angels in Texas

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    Some readers (yes I still cling, despite all evidence to contrary, to the illusion that I have some regular readers like a shipwrecked sailor clings to the wreckage of his boat) may remember that a few months ago after a trip to Tennessee I poured the best part of a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye whiskey into my miniature cask to see how a little aging would impact it.

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/562-the-jack-daniels-unaged-tennesee-rye-experiment

    To be completely honest I had forgotten about it. Then I attended a recent tasting event at Reserve 101 (#houstonsbestbar) with Dan Garrison of Garrison Bros (#texasbestbourbon) and he mentioned that in Texas they enjoy up to 13% “angels share” per year. That reminded me of my little rye aging experiment and when I got home that night I opened the tap on my cask with my empty Glencairn ready and waited. Nothing. Nada. The whisky was harder to find than Edward Snowden at a NSA reunion. Bloody angels or to give them more accurate title....thieving little gits. Using my University of Wales maths, I calculate the angel’s share was 100% in 4 months, so approximately 300% per year!

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    This is (or at least was) in my mind the premium Irish whiskey before Irish whisky got "super trendy" again with all the pot still and other releases and return of the Yellow Spot.  Classic triple distilled, blended Irish fare, Midelton Very Rare is in my mind the Johnie Walker Blue Label of the Emerald Isle.  Usually released every year these notes are for the 2006 bottling.  The nose has fresh dark fruits (plums, berries), dates and is very sweet and creamy.  The taste is silky smooth at first, then more dark fruits (pick one you like, they are all there), then some banana as well before the oak starts to roll in.  The fruits and oak remain in the finish and are joined by some tobacco and even bitter coffee.  There must be some sherry casks in this one!  Really rich and yet still soft and always balanced.  Perhaps lacks the punch of a pot still, but has depth and complexity.