Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series
If you are a Glenfiddich fan (like we are), you will be thrilled to know that there are some really interesting things brewing at Glenfiddich, literally.
The Dufftown distillery has launched an Experimental Series. Glenfiddich claims that the Experimental Series “embodies our family philosophy of freedom and possibilities, to create a range of ground-breaking single malts.”
“Only by unlearning what we know and collaborating with like-minded mavericks can we try new things, experiment, push whisky boundaries and challenge traditions” .
‒ Malt Master Brian Kinsman
Glenfiddich is introducing the series with two expressions – IPA Experiment and Project XX
- IPA Experiment
Glenfiddich IPA Experiment is the first single malt scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks. The whisky picks up zesty citrus notes and freshness from the hops by storing it in craft IPA barrels. Glenfiddich collaborated with Seb Jones, a local Speyside craft brewer for this project.
First step involved trying out 3 different IPAs made from 3 different hops – Centennial, Challenger and Cluster.
Up to nine barrels were kept seasoning at any one time. Brian, the Malt Master varied the time the craft beer spent penetrating deep into the oak casks. The casks were then filled back with whisky.
The brew containing Challenger hops was then zeroed in.
Thus was born a one-of-its-kind malt and craft beer.
- Project XX
As the name suggests, Project XX was a covert project of Brian’s.
Brian invited 20 whisky experts from all over the world to Dufftown. He gathered them at their Conval Warehouse that houses 1000s of stacked casks of whiskies. Each expert was allowed to explore any of the casks which interests them and finally everyone chose their cask that intrigued them the most.
Brian combined all the chosen casks containing some of the most outstanding malts and came up with a final expression.
The bottle has a fingerprint on it which is actually fingerprints of the 20 whisky experts merged into one.
More power to Glenfiddich!
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