Glenfiddich launches ice wine cask-aged Winter Storm 21-year-old malt

Glenfiddich is launching a new limited edition whisky, aged in ice wine casks, as part of its Experimental Series.

Winter Storm was inspired by a visit paid by malt master Brian Kinsman to Peller Estate in Canada to see grapes being harvested by moonlight at -10˚C.

On his return to the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown he started experimenting with several French oak ice wine casks from the winery, filling them with numerous Glenfiddich aged malts for up to six months.

Kinsman said: “Only the rarer whiskies, those aged for 21 years, could cope with the extra ice wine intensity.

“Having more tannins, extracted from years in oak, these malts brought out a uniquely fresh lychee note instead of being swamped by sweetness.”  

Craig McDonald, Peller Estates’ vice president of winemaking, added: “We go to extreme lengths to produce our intensely sweet ice wine and are always looking for ways to push the boundaries of taste, so I was intrigued to see how it could be used to create a new, unexpected whisky.

“The resulting liquid is a unique combination of the warming soul of whisky and the frozen cold of ice wine.” 

Glenfiddich Winter Storm joins Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and Project XX in the Experimential Series line up, which both launched in 2016.

The whisky comes in a white ceramic bottle and emobssed presentation box, priced £199. It will be released in two batches, on October 1 and in March 2018.