Glenfiddich introduced its fourth concept in its Experimental series: Fire & Cane, to the Scottish bar industry on Wednesday (24th October) at The Scotsman in Edinburgh and revealed its plan for the UK launch, which will be focussed on its homeland, Scotland.
Although Glenfiddich has experimented with peated whisky in the past, it wasn’t until 2003 that Malt Master Brian Kinsman trialled a return to this style and the concept for Fire & Cane was born. Fire & Cane boldly marries smoky whisky with non-peated malts that have matured side-by-side in bourbon casks, highlighting Glenfiddich’s sweet and fruity signature style. Taking it a step further, Kinsman finished the whisky in Latin rum casks to produce a surprising and unexpected overlay of flavours with added caramel toffee sweetness.
Fire & Cane will be will be available across bars and independent specialist retailers throughout Scotland and select specialist retailers in other parts of UK from the end of October 2018 with a RRP of £43.
Commenting on the liquid, Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman said: “This new single malt truly encapsulates the spirit of experimentation. We started with a question – what would happen if we did something with peat that we had not done before? The answer is an unconventional and unexpected whisky, one that is truly surprising.”
“During the tastings, some experienced the unusual smoky notes, while others tasted toffee flavours – this phenomenon can be attributed to the Scotch spending three months in sweet rum casks. It’s a bold combination, which I’m sure will appeal and intrigue single malt enthusiasts as well as those looking to try something new and different.”
The fire of the newest expression in the Experimental Series provides an explosion of campfire smokiness with oak and peaty notes, finished with lingering woodiness. The cane provides long-lasting sweetness by merging rich sweet toffee with green fruit character, baked apple, and toasted marshmallow with soft spice. Rum casks also help balance the dryness of the phenols and drive sweetness. Furthermore, by exclusively using naturally sweet American oak – sourced from the Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky – Fire & Cane is certified kosher.
Glenfiddich Experimental Series combines the brand’s passion for pushing Scotch whisky boundaries whilst unlocking new possibilities in the true spirit of experimentation. Other releases in the series include the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, Glenfiddich Project XX and Glenfiddich Winter Storm.
Fire & Cane comes in a coloured glass that seamlessly transitions from a black and brown base to clear glass to display the world’s favourite single malt Scotch whisky. The bottle was designed to showcase the juxtaposing flavours physically with the shift in colour.