This is the first bottle in Glenfiddich’s Experimental series and my second review in said series. This no age statement scotch was finished for an unspecified amount of time in IPA casks. I first tried it during a Matt Nathanson concert at Stubbs BBQ where I assumed I was going to be stuck drinking Jack and was pleasantly surprised. After Fire and Cane it seemed like a good time to grab a bottle of the IPA cask and see how it stacks up!
Abv: 86 Proof
Color: A pale gold
Nose: Strong, fresh apple notes with hints of pine and vanilla
Taste: Citrus and vanilla at the forefront with hints of pine in the background. A wonderful creamy mouthfeel
Finish: Short but with nice hoppy notes. This was the most IPA influenced part for me
Nose: Sweet vanilla and fresh apple notes, the nose remains strong but smooth over the ice
Taste: The ice actually detracted from the mouthfeel which is rare for me but the citrus notes shine through with sweet vanilla in the background
Finish: Very similar to the neat finish, a nice fresh hoppy note dominates
I don’t drink beer anymore but I used to be a big IPA fan(yes I wear plaid button downs and have a beard) so for me this is an awesome way to drink whiskey and get a bit of those fresh hoppy pine notes I loved in IPAs. This is fresh and bright scotch that is a bit more of a summer drinker or something to sip with dinner than a dram to keep you warm in the winter. While this bottle probably isn’t for everyone, if you like Glenfiddich and IPAs I’d definitely encourage you to try it!
7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar
Fair - Worth the money, happy with my purchase