This review is going to look at the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment which is the first release in the Experimental Series from Glenfiddich launched in mid-2016. It saw the release of two expressions to start the Experimental Series the first being the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and the second is the Glenfiddich Project XX. For this review I’ll focus on the IPA Experiment which is a No Age Statement (NAS) whisky and finished in Indian Pale Ale Casks (IPA) for 3 months. The IPA is a collaboration with the IPA expert Seb Jones and Glenfiddich’s own Malt Master Brian Kinsman. The IPA which was held in the casks before were specially brewed for the creation of this experimental whisky and from a Speyside craft brewery. I picked up this bottle from Tescos for £45 when I saw it on the shelf, my video review will follow here as a click link, So lets dive into the tasting notes.
Nose: Tangy green apples bursting in juice, vanilla cream, there’s also a citrus presence in lemon segments, a hoppy character making its way through the IPA finish and freshly cut pineapples ends the nose.
Palate: On the palate a silky malty mouth feel, light texture on entry but it develops into a medium body. The palate also reveals the citrus notes through tangerines pieces and lemon zest. Then on the end a faint spice of cinnamon leaves a dry bitter hoppy note. Finish: The hops notes leaves a light medium finish, pleasant finish but doesn’t last to long.
CASKS: finished in IPA Casks for 3 Months.
DISTILLERY: Glenfiddich Distillery
COMPANY: William Grant and Sons
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
EXCLUSIVE: (1st Edition from the Experimental Series)
Comments: My overall opinion on the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment Cask is that it’s not a whisky which shouts out complexity but it is rather enjoyable, if your into your ales or beers and haven’t found a whisky that matches your palate then I would recommend giving this a try as it burst with all those hoppy notes. As for the price point of view and the price I picked up my bottle for at £45, I’m still on the fence about it as I feel it’s a little higher then what I would pay but then again it has its unique style. So let me know what you think of this dram if you’ve tried it. It will be interesting to see what other experiments will be released from Glenfiddich in the upcoming years.