Review – Glenfiddich Rare Cask

Originally a travel retail exclusive, this expression was intended to show a style of Glenfiddich from yesteryear when it was originally made used a peated malt. It is matured in a mix of European oak and first fill ex-bourbon barrels.


Glenfiddich Rare Cask, 43% abv, sourced via sample swap (available travel retail)

Colour: Deep gold – copper

Nose: Wafts of peat, stronger than I expected. Light powdered sugar, refreshers and candied lemon peel lend a sweet feeling. Light florality and a slight grassy nature reveal themselves after a while.

Palate: The peat isn’t as strong as the nose might indicate, it feels quite delicate and gentle. Pineapples, pears and sultanas give a fruity balance. There is an unexpected coastal note as we head to the finish.

Finish: Again there is a surprise here. A slight malty element emerges, perhaps even a touch of biscuit or maybe even some sponge fingers. There is a faint creaminess here too, but not as much as I’d like there to be.

I think I’d prefer it to be a little thicker on the mouthfeel, it does seem at times a little too thin.

Notwithstanding that it is a fine dram, a different and at times surprising style of Glenfiddich.

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