Glenfiddich’s ‘Grand’ New Whisky

The multi-award-winning distillery starts the party with an opulent new drop.

By Robb Report 10/06/2021

There’s something to be said for character —a well-formed and well-maintained sense of self. Character aligns to confidence without overstepping the mark. Character, true character, distills the qualities of an individual and what they’re about—there are no corners of misunderstanding about who they are.

This concept of refined character is central to Glenfiddich’s stunning new Grand Cru. Matured initially for 23 years in a mix of American and European oak, and neatly finished in rare French cuvée casks, it fuses flavours and delivers an elevated and heady statement (heightened by its presentation in opulent black glass, within a black box).

Each drop is the result of up to six months final marrying time, adding new layers of luxury with a myriad of aromas —think apple blossom to candied lemon and freshly baked bread (yes, bread). On the palate, rich vanilla, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape build an alluring harmony of flavours; enhanced by a long, opulent finish.

According to the marketing guff, this is a drop delivering an “unforgettable experience, to be shared and remembered …Created for the non-conformists, it has been uniquely crafted as a surprising delight, at every sip, for those tearing up the rule book.”

After a recent tasting afternoon, and last night’s official launch party, we tend to agree; this is a smooth experience where the corners have been neatly folded in and you’re left with a seductive and satisfying drop you’d eagerly raise in celebration of another — a character you might just know. $395;

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