Nose: Notes of toffee and leather from the sherry cask intertwined with vanilla from the bourbon cask, with hints of banana and cinnamon in the background.
Palate: A luxuriously waxy texture, with rich notes of leather and a hint of varnish combined with rum and raisin cake, fruity apricots and sultanas.
Finish: A long and warming finish with the leather continuing through from the palate and the apricot slowly turning into chocolate oranges.
Comment: A traditional example of extensively sherry-aged Glenfiddich, with classic leathery notes. The warming finish was an intentional stylistic choice as the most important recipients, the participants of the challenge, will need some heating up after their long trek in an area where temperatures have been known to reach minus 89.2 Celsius…
Nose: Green apple and heather honey, nice biscuits, raisins, candied peel, polished wood, spiced cake batter and fragrant dried orange peel – the sort of thing that makes me think of orange and clove pomanders, which Wikipedia assures me isn’t just a weird thing we had when I was a kid. Along with that is a slice of vanilla, with buttered popcorn, foam bananas and some sour gummi chews.
Palate: Sharp up front, with Granny Smith apple balanced by a touch of sweeter Cox’s. There’s some astringent wood and woody spice, along with orange oil, tannic wood, wax polish on old oak, and a core of woody spice.
Finish: Digestive biscuits and apple skin, with sour fruit gums, and a burst of icing sugar sweetness.
Comment: Definitely the product of a couple of casks, the bourbon cask finish providing an interesting vanilla sweetness, along with other traditional bourbon notes, on top of a darker, more sherried background.
Colour: Deep copper
Nose: Rich and oaky with notes of dried fruit and spices
Taste: Sweet vanilla oak notes with a hint of cinnamon spice, polished leather and beeswax
Finish: Exquisitely long and smooth with warm notes of subtle vanilla sweetness