Age of Discovery.
During my September visit to Dufftown, Scotland I bought a bottle of Glenfiddich 19 years old Red Wine Finish from a successful series of the Age of Discovery. This is the third edition after the Madeira Cask Finish and Bourbon Reserve.
The creation of this single malt was motivated to celebrate HMS Beagle expedition. The ship sailed from Plymouth, England in 1831. Sailed around the World, landing on the east coast of South America, passing the Strait of Magellan, visiting the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. While the voyage Charles Darwin collected fossils, which allowed him to create the theory of evolution. The expedition lasted nearly five years. It is also worth mentioning that Darwin was passionate about wine.
The whisky was finished in red wine casks from South America (Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon).
Glenfiddich 19 years old Red Wine Cask Finish Age of Discovery is served in a beautiful cardboard box, which visualizes the motives from Charles Darwin’s expedition.
As I wrote, I bought the whisky on the occasion of my visit to Dufftown. During the trip I attended a dinner with the Glenfiddich’s Master Blender Brian Kinsman, who signed the bottle for me. It was very nice.
Whisky is bottled 40% ABV. It is carmel coloured and chillfiltered.
N: quite shy at first, then creamy, vanilla, toffee, a touch of grapefruit, rhubarb, pears and apples, there is something in the depths, like leather, over the time remains smooth and silky.
T: begins spicy, white pepper which is long maintained, goes to the back of the mouth, then warms, plums, prunes and maybe with a bit of chocolate, apricots, slightly drying, revealing oak tannins and even a touch of delicate peat.
F: rather long with traces of dried plums and tannins, remains a little sparking.
Age of Discovery is an interesting concept of connecting whisky with the discoveries of the last centuries. Red Wine Cask Finish is initially shy in aroma and a bit more open in flavor. You have to let it breathe a little then it shows its advantages. In my opinion it would be even better with 46% ABV, natural color and unchillfiltered.