Glenfiddich IPA Experiment

Two of my favorite things: whisky and a good IPA (India Pale Ale). So, when I saw that Glenfiddich came out with a whisky using IPA casks, well it intrigued me and I immediately knew I had to try it.

To make this marriage happen, Malt Master Brian Kinsman partner with a local Speyside craft brewer. For this process to work well, a new brew that could rest in casks previously filled with Glenfiddich whisky had to be created. This new brew would season the casks for about a month’s time before the whisky is transferred back and mature for an additional three months in the newly IPA season casks.

Tasting Notes

Nose: apple, hints of hops and citrus

Palate: slightly sweet with notes of vanilla and oranges

Finish: smooth with ending notes of vanilla and hints of hops

There is something quite refreshing about this whisky. It is crisp, light and zesty. I’ve heard people say that this whisky is too sweet, in my opinion I didn’t find it to be too sweet. The zesty notes overpower the sweet notes in my palate and I enjoyed it. If there is one criticism I have is that I wish the hops had come out more in the whisky. As an IPA lover, that in my opinion would have taken this whisky to the next level.

People, who enjoy drinking whisky and IPAs, will certainly enjoy trying this whisky. If you don’t like IPAs, whisky or both, well, this might not be the whisky for you but I will say, even under those circumstances, it is worth trying for the unique factor alone.



Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Reid says:

    Nice review, as usual!
    I reviewed this whisky myself, a while back. Like you, I quite enjoy the IPA Experiment but wish the hoppy characteristics were more assertive.

    Not as unusual as I expected but still a delicious dram!

    1. whiskeywench says:

      Thank you! I completely agree that it’s not an unusual dram. Our thoughts are very much the same regarding this whisky. If they do this again, lets hope they do make it a point to bring out more of the hops.

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