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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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  • Monday, 24 April 2017 12:14

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #30

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    Location: Emirates Lounge, Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

    Date: April 2017

    Price: Free ($0.00 USD)

    Recipe: 2 x Jack Daniels, 1 x Martini Rosso and Angosturo Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Unable to find a Manhattan on my Jo'burg hotel cocktail menu I improvised one for myself at airport lounge.

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

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