We started our “Unusual Finishes” journey in Speyside with one of the grandaddy’s of the Glens – Glenfiddich with their IPA beer experiment.
Glenfiddich IPA 43%
- Colour – Pale golden
- Nose – Started off with a bit peach, sweet and grassy, some citrus, then back to a granary, barley and hay, then a crepe with sugar and lemon
- Palate – Some spice, very sweet, yet flat with no body, a bit oily
- Finish – Not bad, the spice remains for a bit. One even described it as “lumpy”
Our overall reaction was that it was exceedingly…. average. Yup average. It was also pronounced superficially drinkable.
Could we discern the hops influence? Perhaps a bit but it wasn’t massively pronounced.
It is also relatively easy to find in duty free – so accessible that we discovered 3 whisky ladies had picked it up! Sparking a joke that this would go into the category of whiskies decent enough to not be embarrassed to gift.
Debate turned to whether this would make a good cocktail – a Whisky Sour perhaps? Or maybe an Old Fashioned or Sazerac?
I set a glass with the IPA aside and revisited it after an hour – it was pleasant, grassy and inoffensive.
And their official tasting notes?
- Colour – Rich golden.
- Nose – An elegant harmony of fresh green apple, William’s pear and spring blossom. Complemented with aromatic hops and fresh herbs.
- Taste – Vibrant with a zesty citrus note followed by creamy vanilla and a hint of fresh hops.
- Finish – Enduring sweetness with an echo of green hops.
While travel retail prices vary wildly around the world, if you picked it up from Whisky Exchange in the UK, it would set you back approx £45.
What other finishes did the Whisky Ladies explore that eve?
- Wales – Penderyn Madeira 46%
- Highland – Tomatin 14 year Port Wood finish 46%
- India – Amrut Port Pipe Peated 48%
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