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Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Fire and Cane
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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43% ABV
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Chill Filtered (Unknown)
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Colour Adjusted
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£39.43 (Average)
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Additional Info Below

Our Score

Value Score

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Glenfiddich Fire & Cane is a bold fusion of smoky and sweet notes. By marrying peated whisky and malts matured in bourbon barrels, and then finishing in Latin rum casks, we created an exquisite whisky with campfire smokiness and toffee sweetness.

Fire & Cane is inspired by the early innovation of Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, who in 2003, first ran peated spirit through the Glenfiddich stills, birthing the concept of what would become the innovative Experimental Series.

As the fourth expression of the Experimental Series, Fire & Cane fuses the brand’s smoky whisky with malts that had been maturing side-by-side in bourbon casks, showcasing Glenfiddich’s sweet and fruity signature style. Taking it a step further, all of the whiskies were finished in Latin rum casks to produce a surprising overlay of added caramel toffee sweetness.

Nose
Billowing soft peat notes, like distant smoke on the wind. Rich sweet toffee with zesty fresh fruit notes and spiciness.

Palate
Billowing soft peat notes, like distant smoke on the wind. Rich sweet toffee with zesty fresh fruit notes and spiciness.

Finish
Billowing soft peat notes, like distant smoke on the wind. Rich sweet toffee with zesty fresh fruit notes and spiciness.

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Review 120 13th April 2021

Continuing with Speyside Month for April, we are reviewing a sample kindly supplied by Lee of Budget Drams, you can checkout his socials using the links below:
http://linktr.ee/budgetdrams
http://budgetdrams.thewhisky.tube

The sample Lee sent was Glenfiddich Fire and Cane Experimental Series No 4.
Bottled at 43%, is chill filtered and colour adjusted. It is also a non age statement whisky. It gets it name from two components of its distillation and maturation. The first, 'Fire' begins back in 2003  when Glenfiddich's Master Distiller Brian Kinsman set about creating the first peated spirit at the distillery. So Fire refers to that fact that some of the spirit has been peated, it has also been blended with the distilleries unpeated spirit. The 'Cane' refers to the Latin Rum finish that the whisky has undergone. The spirit was originally matured in ex-bourbon casks.

Online it is available from; (Also available in other online stores)

Master of Malt £38.94
The Whisky Exchange £38.95 (Discounted Price)
House of Malt £39.50

It also appears on select supermarket shelves such as Sainsbury.
It has an average price of £39.13, helping it to achieve a value score of 80.22 out of 100.

On the Nose it starts with a sugary sweetness and a lovely smoky sweet peat. The smoke is more pleasant than the Allt-A-Bhainne and sweeter than the Benromach 10 we reviewed recently. There is toffee, citrus and vanilla, all tied together with a smoke ribbon.

On the palate, again the sugar sweetness is the first thing you notice followed by citrus fruit of lemon, lime and grapefruit. There is a vanilla toffee. The peat and smoke is obvious almost immeadiately, it isn't as intense as an typical Islay, but it is present enough to be off putting to anyone who hasn't quite adjusted to peat or smoke. At the midpoint of the tasting, spices start to appear and work well with the smoke which is like the ash billowing up from burning wood and paper.
The rum finish isn't immeadiately or noticable, however, maybe some of the grapefruit notes are from the rum finish. On the finish there is some form of polish or household cleaner, its not unpleasant, but unexpected as it suddenly shows up.

This whisky is quite far removed, in our opinion, from the standard Glenfiddich character with Apple and Pears. So if you want to try a different Glenfiddich expression but also enjoy smoke and a sweeter whisky, this may be for you.
However, for what it is, its competent enough, but the price is a little high compared to the other two similar whiskies we reviewed, we would only consider this if it had a decent price drop.

For an overall score we rate it 84 out of 100.
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Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Highland (Speyside)
  • Age Statement: Non Age Statement
  • Chill Filtered: Chill Filtered (CF)
  • Colour Status: E150
  • ABV: 43%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: Golden
  • Peated / Smoke: Light Peat/Smoke
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Bourbon Matured and Rum Finished
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Average Price (or RRP): £39.43
  • Value Score: 80.22
  • Our Score: 84
  • Ownership: William Grant and Sons
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Glenfiddich
  • Packaging: Tube
  • Category: Single Malt
  • Peat (ppm): undefined
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