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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, 28 July 2016 19:27

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #21

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    Location: Crows Nest, Capt Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

    Date: July 2016

    Price: $ 14.50

    Recipe: Sazerac rye with sweet vermouth and almost obligatory Angostura bitters

    Garnish: Maraschino Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: I like it when they offer me choice of bourbon or rye... esp. when rye is Sazerac.  Very nice.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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