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Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

For several years now Glenfiddich has been releasing an experimental series, the Glenfiddich Fire and Cane is the fourth and latest release in that series which employs peated Glenfiddich and rum casks for its creation. Peated Glenfiddich is rather rare, but they did a release a few years back and rum casks are used in the 21 years Reserva. However, this is the first time they’ve put the two together.

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane

The Glenfiddich Vintage Peated is one of my favorite releases done by Glenfiddich and them resurrecting it and then finishing it in rum casks is super exciting. It’s something I’ve been hoping they’d for quite a while; at least the resurrecting the peated Glenfiddich part. The rum cask wasn’t even a thought till now… and with that on to the review.

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Review: Details and Tasting Notes

In Glenfiddich’s Words: Glenfiddich Fire and Cane

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane is a bold fusion of smoky and sweet notes. By marrying peated whisky and malts matured in bourbon barrels, and then finishing in Latin rum casks, we created an exquisite whisky with campfire smokiness and toffee sweetness.

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Details

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane price, ABV, age and other details

Region: Highlands, Scotland

Distiller: Glenfiddich
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon and ex-Rum
Age: NAS
ABV: 43%

Batch: 04 (experimental)

Price: $50*

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Tasting Notes

EYE
Medium amber

NOSE
Peat, toffee, spice, malt, complex sweetness (candy and fruit) and light bits of vanilla, graham and cocoa.

PALATE
Dry oak smoke, malt, candy sweetness, fruit and some honey, char and floral soapy notes.

FINISH
Long – Peat, caramel, char, spice, sweetness and soap.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good balance, medium body and soft velvety feel.

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane is a wonderful blend of smoke and sweet.

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Review: OVERALL

It has a complex and layered aroma, a palate that’s on par with it and a finish that is great until the soap notes on the tail end kick up. On the whole, I enjoy the Glenfiddich Fire and Cane; I like the sweet and smoky combo and it hearkens back to the old Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve Peated release which I love. If it didn’t have that soap note it would be KILLER.

This is a release I would LOVE to try at full cask strength and non-chill filtered. I bet the oiliness of it would amp this up several notches and possibly cover or reduce the soapy notes. Cask Strength Glenfiddich is great and peated Glenfiddich is great so it only makes sense the combo would also be great. Let’s hope they’re listening. 😉

SCORE: 87/100 (B+)

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Review

*Disclosure: This Glenfiddich Fire and Cane was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
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  • Nose - 88
  • Palate - 87
  • Finish - 87
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 87
87.25

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Review Summary

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane is a wonderful blend of smoke and sweet.

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