Glenfiddich 14 Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Glenfiddich 14-year-old "Bourbon Barrel Reserve" scotch is a single malt whisky distilled by luxury spirits company William Grant & Sons, Ltd. Malt master Brian Kinsman matured his famous single malt in used bourbon casks for 14 years. But he "woke it up" by finishing it in new, charred American oak barrels from the Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville. It is a genius marketing move for the world's "most awarded single malt Scotch whiskey" company. The release is exclusive to the United States; the label is even "inspired" by the colors in Kentucky's flag.

The video below is worth watching for beautiful shots of Kentucky and Speyside. Tasting notes follow.

Glenfiddich 14 Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Glenfiddich/William Grant & Sons, Ltd.
86 proof
$52 at Kiawah Spirits on Kiawah Island, SC

Color: Bright, golden.

Nose: The nose is fresh, clean, almost soapy at first. Let it breathe and one cannot deny the ripe fruit Glenfiddich claims as its classic aroma. I get cherry pie, loads of deep oak, bitter orange rind, and a touch of cinnamon.

Tasting Notes: Chewy caramel, toffee, vanilla, oranges, and more oak. There's a spice that reminds of me of Christmastime, and it rolls around throughout the experience- nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.

Overall: NR. A delicious Scotch whisky- and that's coming from a guy who doesn't usually care for Scotch whisky. I was undoubtedly influenced by the marketing; knowing that a Scottish behemoth has paid homage to the American bourbon whiskey industry, which has supplied used oak casks for many years, put a smile on my face. Even so, I'd recommend it at a $49 MSRP.

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