Review: Glenfiddich Experimental Series Fire & Cane

Review: Glenfiddich Experimental Series Fire & Cane

  • 43% ABV
  • No age statement
  • Peated malt
  • Finished in Latin rum casks

First and foremost, we would like to thank Glenfiddich and their Canadian ambassador Beth Havers for letting a couple Toronto Whisky Society members try the new Glenfiddich Fire & Cane release.

Below are the combined notes and scores of the three TWS members who had a chance to try the 4th release in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series.

  • Nose: Light peat, apple, pine, caramel, little earthy, toffee, banana.
  • Palate: Very surprising. Noticeably more peat compared to the nose, salt, sweet rum/molasses, some funk you would expect in a Jamaican rum, caramel, mineral, apple, baking spices. Good balance.
  • Finish: On the shorter side. Peat, mineral, oak, salt, pepper, dry rum, toffee, earthy, chocolate.
  • Score: 84-87 (Average 85.3)

As fans of peat and rum this release was up our alley. The peat and rum influence both very noticeable in the whisky which is nice, much more aggressive rum than the Glenfiddich 21yr, which really helps compliment the peat.

The peat ends up being a sweeter peat compared to the traditional Islay peat that has more medicinal notes.

Honestly, this is my favorite of the 4 experimental series, and should be the cheapest of the bunch. Should be around $80 CAD/$50 USD. In a perfect world the finish would be more substantial and the ABV higher, and also an age statement…. But this is the modern whisky reality.

Kudos to Glenfiddich for using an aggressive rum influence, nice to see in a whisky compared to some of the other common rum finished whiskies.





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