Peated Glenfiddich is not something you come across often, or at all. But way back (the fifties and earlier) they did use peat to dry their barley. As a sort of hommage to forgotten times, they released the Glenfiddich Vintage Cask a couple of years ago. Whisky made from peated malt (around 25 ppm), matured in European and American oak for an undisclosed amount of time. In other words, it’s a NAS whisky.
Glenfiddich Vintage Cask (40%, OB, 2013)
Nose: Subtle peat and soft smoke from a smouldering bonfire. There’s some green apples and stewed pears, but it also has an earthy quality. And before I forget, this is surprisingly salty. Taste: An oily spirit, with peat smoke. Dry with tobacco leafs. A hint of honey, along with lemon peel and vanilla. Finish: The apple and pear return in the finish, and are accompanied by tobacco and peat.
An interesting peated whisky from Glenfiddich with some fun coastal elements. But certainly not worth the 100+ euro (if you’re lucky) that’ll you have to pay for this.