I like that because they've decided to take the odd risk every now and then. Are there hops? The palate offers toffee, vanilla, and baked apples, with more of that spicy IPA side, showcasing coriander and white pepper. Why are you trying so hard to be trendy, Glenfiddich? Oh well. A fun and very quaffable Glenfiddich, which is also very affordable. Ralfy in his reviews sometimes refers to whiskies as 'a character malt'. Grassy. The colour is pale yellow with greenish highlights. While this tastes like a fairly young Glenfiddich, the IPA cask finish brings out those fruity, citrusy notes. The dram is consistent from start to finish, where there's oak and cedar box, more floral and zesty notes, and honey.". Part of Glenfiddich's Experimental Series comes a single malt which was finished for three months in casks which previously held IPA! We need a negative opinion then, right?" I don't buy this whole IPA aroma. Take your spirits journey to the next level when you Below are the aggregated thoughts,… I agree with you on the 15! Not us irritating snobs pretending to have lofty standards. Perhaps that touch of soda bread? First out of the gate: an India Pale Ale cask finish. Thus when I was asked to review Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, I thought "Oh. Having said that, after reading this review, I may have to buy a bottle. It's not a nose I look for in a whisky but it's enough to keep me interested. This is exactly the opposite. Have you tried the Project XX? Glenfiddich IPA has that edge that keeps things interesting. Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky. Also the barley is prominent. OK. I had never had the latter in a whisky before, but since it matured on beer casks, that should not come as a surprise. I think the beer influence is stronger here. Side-note: Craft beer has moved way past IPAs and is all about sour beers now, or Vermont IPAs, I can’t keep track. Pour me a high proof IPA, and I’m likely going to enjoy it. Having been shackled to their core range for the longest time they've decided to step out of their comfort zone and meet the new world head on. Rather long. Does not smell too strong, but very pleasant. I’ve avoided this IPA deal because to me, IPA and Scotch seems like a horrible “experiment”. So, how long do you think it takes for beer to soak into wood? Created collaboratively by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman and IPA expert Seb Jones, the IPA which was in the casks before the whisky was specially brewed for this expression by the Speyside Craft Brewery. I plan to have a bottle in my cabinet on rotation. On the nose, spices, varied fresh fruits and "hops"! Seems pretty innovative and scientific to me – or at least a good way to provide buyers with some story to tell while omitting a key piece of information. Age: No age statement Sometimes this type of public experimentation leads to products that should have never seen the shelf, or bald-faced marketing drivel. I totally don't feel IPA there. Probably not. And that comes in the shape of their new #Experimental campaign. . One is an IPA cask-finished single malt, and the other is an ambassador crowd-source whisky aimed the connoisseur. Banana again. Review - Glenfiddich IPA Experiment & Project XX The Glenfiddich Experimental Series is a new permanent range of single malts from Scotland's most famous distillery and it kicks off with two expressions – the IPA Experiment and Project XX. Whisky is (sort of) distilled beer, right? In the case of the first release, the Glenfiddich IPA, the company asked the Speyside Craft Brewery to create and Indian Pale Ale. Palate: Rich lightly melted caramel, with soda bread notes coming through. » are my favorites. Lovely, aperitif-style dram. I’m now convinced that Glenfiddich IPA is exactly what this brand needs. My sample was from Lot 17 04 7983, whatever that means. I haven't seen one yet which was stellar, though some of them are ok, I guess. I also don’t think it particularly tastes or smells like an IPA. Fades quickly. Vanilla. Glenfiddich finished its whisky for 12 weeks and this is the result. This block is only visible for Whiskybase members. Recently Beth Havers, the Canadian Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich, gave Toronto Whisky Society members a chance to try two new Glenfiddich releases (Glenfiddich IPA Experiment & Project XX). stuff really ought to come in smaller bottles. Glenfiddich describes these whiskies as Single Malts that Rewrite the Rulebook. Distiller.com uses cookies that are essential for us to operate the website and that are helpful for us to improve the services. Notice the conspicuous lack of numbers here. Verdict: And that’s another experiment conducted, all in the name of science! In collaboration with a local Speyside brewery, Master Blender Brian Kinsman helped create a craft India Pale Ale to finish in casks that would later be used to age this single malt. He made 3 IPAs specifically for this bottling, put them each in casks that sat in the Glenfiddich warehouse, then finished bourbon-cask 'Fiddich in them for three months. Cheers to that. 83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.72 points. Nose: Baking bread, soda, dark oily chocolate, light cinnamon and caramel. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. We use cookies to improve your online experience. It's a bit better Glenfiddich 12. typical bourbon - biscuits, vanilla, nuts ... name it, honey. #nogimmicks. Follow friends and see what they're drinking. But are they interesting whiskies? Trying to pick out flavours from the General meh-ness. To learn more about responsible consumption, please visit, Sign up for the Distiller Newsletter for new bottle & feature updates. But at the same time retains the signature green apples and pears that you find in the entry level. Finish is vaguely sweeter. It's not unpleasant. He made 3 IPAs specifically for this bottling, put them each in casks that sat in the Glenfiddich warehouse, then finished bourbon-cask … The hops provide an aromatic bitterness that compliments the zesty fragrance of white grapes and apple. Glenfiddich IPA Experiment was the first entry in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series, a range of whiskies that is breaking new ground and is rightfully generating some buzz. A dash of white pepper combines with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Obviously pretty young. Glenfiddich Experimental Series – IPA Cask Finish. Tantalising stuff! But whisky finished in beer barrels have been done before, and the results have been mixed. I have no idea. Those notes part ways for bubbly ginger soda pop and oily peppery notes. "The IPA influence is prominent on the nose, with a range of hoppy, floral, and zesty characteristics, along with honey and chocolate malt sweetness. It’s $10 more than the 15 Year Solera, which I seem to hold in higher esteem than you. Ship it! Palate: Mild, slightly syrupy body. Overall: OK, well, I don’t dislike it. Thanks for the review, Mark. abv: 43%, Glenfiddich IPA Experiment was the first entry in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series, a range of whiskies that is breaking new ground and is rightfully generating some buzz. Alternation between bitter and sweet. The hops might be more noticeable on the palate now, but that could also just be because I know what to look for. Because as many of you know, IPA is about as far as one can get from a low hopped stout as possible. The similarity is quite strong. Slightly better with a couple of drops. That they knew wouldn't be good enough for their 12 or 15 year olds so they stuck it in some beer casks for a bit and stuck it out there as the experimental series. The first one is called #1 IPA Experiment, and was created in conjunction with craft brew expert and brewer Seb Jones of the Speyside Brewery. Because as many of you know, IPA is about as far as one can get from a low hopped stout as possible. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Our Master Distiller has over 20 years of experience with maturation and whisky distilling. A bit spicier, and hoppier, with water. I am a fan. Banana. Even old guard Glenfiddich can’t stay away from the fun of experimental whiskymaking. Quite herbal - a little floral as well. What do I think? For one, one's a weasel that doesn't jump a lot. I have nothing against experimentation in the scotch whisky market. @OdysseusUnbound I prefer the Project XX over this IPA myself (see my review right here on Connosr), so I you know what you mean :-). One of those smaller American brands (New Holland?) Perhaps it is, but it’s a tasty one. In fact, I applaud it on principle. Overall pleasant and not very complex. – that the barrels were soaked for 4 weeks The login page will open in a new window. Now I’m “power of suggestion”-ing myself. Global “maturation” does indeed take longer in Scotland than in (say) Kentucky. Thus when I was asked to review Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, I thought "Oh. Classic glenfiddich background but after the IPA relationship, I expected more . My sample is from a brand new bottle and served at 43%. But I do know these things take longer in Scotland’s cold climate than they do in Kentucky or Taiwan. Keep the old traditions when they make better whisky, but keep experimenting in case you find an improvement or an alternative. I'd describe this as a 'lack of character malt'. Not sure if that's because of the IPA influence.

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