Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23yo...

Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23yo (%40.0): Back to Single Malt Scotch whiskies with a random pick from the sample box... This is a fairly new expression from Glenfiddich released in 2019. It is blended from American and European oak cask matured whiskies and then finished in casks previously held French wine destined to be sparkling wine for a rather short period of six months.

Color: Yellow gold, sweet wine color with an initial thin ring around the glass turning into quick and thin legs in no time.

Nose: Anjou pears, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples and lemon curd. Cream puffs, linden tea and canned pineapple rings. Noses like an exclusively ex-bourbon barrel matured whisky... Dried daisies. orange zest and vanilla.

Palate: Ground coriander, lemon powder and pear compote. Unsalted butter, white cranberry juice and white pepper. Unripe mangoes, white peaches and white table grapes. Almond butter and rose water.

Finish: Medium with ground ginger, white pepper and lemon juice.

Overall: A fresh, zingy and fruity whisky with a silky mouth covering texture completely unexpected from its relatively old age and young abv. I cannot even imagine how gorgeous this whisky would taste like if its abv. was slightly elevated to 46% and bottled non-chill filtered. The price..? It's so steep for me I cannot even entertain the idea to consider one. Totally out of my league. Thanks to Marshall Naiman for generously offering me this sample making this post possible.

Price: $300