You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Sunday 5 July 2015

Glenfiddich explores red wine cask finish

22nd January, 2013 by Gabriel Stone

Glenfiddich has released its first ever whisky with a red wine cask finish, inspired by Charles Darwin’s exploration of the South American coast.

Glenfiddich "Age of Discovery" Red Wine Cask Finish

Glenfiddich “Age of Discovery” Red Wine Cask Finish

Launched this week, the whisky forms the third part of the Scottish distillery’s “Age of Discovery” series, introduced in 2011, which already includes Madeira and Bourbon cask-finished styles.

The 19-year old, 40% abv whisky was finished in 200 litre South American red wine casks and will be available exclusively in global travel retail with an RRP of £75.

Drawing a “pioneering spirit” link between this latest project and the South American explorations of 19th century naturalist Charles Darwin, Glenfiddich malt master, Brian Kinsman outlined its character, saying: “After years of maturation, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have combined with the oak to deliver exceptional smoothness, complemented by warm spicy notes with sweet berry flavours lending a velvety sweetness.”

Although wine’s use in the whisky industry is more commonly restricted to Sherry, Port and Madeira casks, a number of other distilleries have previously offered a red wine cask finish.

Auchentoshan used to produce a 17-year old expression finished in casks from St Julien in Bordeaux, while Bruichladdich once made a 16-year old whisky matured in casks formerly containing wine from Bordeaux first growth Château Haut Brion. However, both these whiskies are understood to have been discontinued.

Are any other distilleries currently producing a whisky finished in unfortified wine casks? Let us know.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Top 10 wines in the US press

A Texan Albariño, NY Riesling and Californian Syrah are among the wine tips more...

Machine makes 'non-clinking' ice cubes

An Italian design company has joined forced with Chivas to launch a machine more...

WW1 Scotch to be auctioned

A bottle of Scotch whisky purportedly belonging to a soldier in the First World more...

Business Development Executive

London, United Kingdom

£25-£30K + benefits, depending on experience

Prince Charles enjoys Scotch tour

HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, paid a visit to a number of Scotch whisky more...

Mumm releases vintage collection

Champagne Mumm has released a new “Collection du Chef de Caves”, featuring more...

China recognises 'Bordeaux'

China has said it now recognises the term “Bordeaux” as a brand after what more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

World's best beer and wine festivals

Forget Glastonbury, these are the festivals you should be making a beeline for more...

Bordeaux wine thieves found guilty

A French court has sentenced 15 men over the audacious theft of $1.1 million of more...

Red wine could help fight depression

A component found in the skins of red grapes could be used to treat depression more...

Supplier Relationship Manager

London, United Kingdom

Copa América: Malbec vs Carmenère

Saturday sees Chile and Argentina go head-to-head in football’s Copa América more...

Depp puts French estate on sale for £16.5m

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has put his estate in the south of France, which more...

Flavoured styles lead drinks NPD

A new report from Nielsen shows that flavoured variants are dominating more...

Digital and Communications Executive

£22,000-£26,000 dependent on experience

Hong Kong: Red obsession

While whites are starting to be taken seriously in Hong Kong restaurants, the more...

US Senate passes bill to boost spirits exports

The US senate has been applauded by members of the spirits trade for passing a more...

SWA creates heavyweight London team

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed a number of senior high-fliers from more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An English fizz fit for Wimbledon, a "chunky, berry-stuffed" Negroamaro and a more...

William Grant in World Cup deal

William Grant & Sons has been awarded exclusive spirits and champagne pouring more...

WOSA woos UK indies and on-trade

Wines of South Africa has announced plans for a new UK trade tasting later this more...

Sales Executive - Wines & Spirits Competitions

London, United Kingdom

Competitive

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting more...

Top 10 wines in the US press

An impressive Tannat-Merlot-Zinfandel blend from Uruguay and a Vernaccia from more...