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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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  • Saturday, 12 January 2019 08:38

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #45

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    Location: Xian Bar, Bossa Nova Mall, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

    Date: December 2018

    Price: 80 rials ($21.53 USD)

    Recipe: Requested Makers Mark

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: For this price it had to be good... and it was.  Much better than previous visit to Rio (Experiment #27)

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

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