October 1, 2013 – Glenfiddich is releasing a new range of three single malts for the travel retail market. The lineup uses Glenfiddich’s Solera-vatting process for all three malts in a dramatic change for the distillery, which has traditionally only used the Solera vats for its 15-year-old expression. The lineup also eschews age statements, in another major change for Glenfiddich.
Glenfiddich Select Cask uses a combination of ex-Bourbon, European Oak, and red wine casks. The Glenfiddich Reserve Cask uses Spanish ex-Sherry casks exclusively, while the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask brings together a combination of European Oak and ex-Bourbon casks with a rare touch of peatiness. All three will be available at 40% ABV.
In a news release, Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman described the reason for skipping age statements with the new range:
“Creating whisky isn’t only about age, it’s about personal taste and flavour, and the Glenfiddich Cask Collection has evolved to give Glenfiddich drinkers the perfect combination of quality, satisfaction and choice. Glenfiddich has a long and illustrious history of innovation within the single malt category and these latest additions to our no-age range allow us to offer single malt aficionados the best of both worlds – whiskies crafted for their flavour, alongside whiskies bottled by their age.”
The Select Cask and Reserve Cask expressions are being rolled out now in travel retail outlets worldwide, while the Vintage Cask will be available in April of 2014.