A storm in a whisky glass

The new malt has an ABV of 43%.
The new malt has an ABV of 43%.

WILLIAM Grant & Sons has released the latest whisky in its Glenfiddich Experimental Series, Winter Storm.

The 21 year old single malt is finished in ice wine casks selected by Glenfiddich’s malt master, Brian Kinsman.

During a trip to Canada in January 2016, Kinsman visited the Peller Estate winery in Niagara. Inspired by its approach to making ice wine, he decided to experiment with French oak ice wine casks from the winery, finishing aged malts in them for up to six months, resulting in the new expression.

Kinsman said: “Only the rarer whiskies, those aged for 21 years, could cope with the extra ice wine intensity. Having more tannins, extracted from years in oak, these malts brought out a uniquely fresh lychee note instead of being swamped by sweetness.”

Glenfiddich Winter Storm is the newest expression in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series line up, joining IPA Experiment and Project XX.