The most recent Glenfiddich arrived quietly and took me a bit abruptly, the model dropping a 26 yr previous whisky aged in a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks which was completed for as much as two years in “meticulously sourced” French Cognac casks. Grande Couronne, French for “nice crown,” is a part of the Grand Collection, which incorporates the pleasant Glenfiddich Grand Cru and Glenfiddich Gran Reserva, that is an ultra-luxe whisky full with the very best stage of consideration to bottle design and packaging.
As for what’s within the bottle, it’s distinctive stuff.
The nostril is wealthy and surprisingly spicy, some light barrel char notes pushed by the first casking giving method to notes of contemporary apple, orange peel, and substantial, evocative Christmas spice character. Aromatically honeyed and candy, the whisky is immediately inviting — and the palate doesn’t disappoint. Notes of caramel meld superbly with the fruity apple core, brown sugar tempering the impression of toasty oak, which retains the whisky from sliding into dessert territory. Intense notes of clover honey, orange blossoms, milk chocolate, and (extra) baked apples preserve issues gentle and fruity, whereas the marginally floral end concludes the expertise with an acceptable nod to the backyard. Beautiful.
A / $600 / glenfiddich.com