Scotch maker Glenfiddich recently announced that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve selected the lucky barrel for this years vintage reserve release. The barrel, cask #4414 for those keeping score are home, was put away on March 7th, all the way back in 1977. For the past three decades itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been developing the hints of malt cereal, smokiness and leather that made it this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite of the selection panel.
The panel consisted of six Scotch whiskey experts included a writer, a restaurateur and a professor. Over three hours they studied and debated half a dozen of the final casks chosen. While they all had their merits 4414 had that something extra special that put it over the top.
Whisky writer Gavin D Smith said Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is a delicate smokiness to the finish that comes upon you rather unexpectedly when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve experienced the light citrus nose to begin with.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jim Bradley, owner of two award winning New York restaurants Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Red Cat and the Harrison, said Ã¢â‚¬Å“The intriguing hint of lemon giving way to leather was very cool and helped seal my vote.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Erik Touzmohamedov,RussiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s foremost Scotch whisky expert was impressed with the nose. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was by far my favourite, he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It has none of the burn associated with whiskies of such strength and produced a fantastic nose that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t dominate the whisky.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Here are some videos covering the process.