Glenfiddich unveils new alliance

Grande Couronne is third whisky in The Grand Series

THE worlds of Scotch whisky and French Cognac have been brought together for the latest expression from Glenfiddich.

Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Year Old has been matured in American and European oak casks at the distillery in Dufftown before being finished for up to two years in Cognac casks, resulting in a whisky which is said to offer a “true taste of elegance”.

The 43.8% ABV single malt, which has a retail price of £450, is described as having a “vibrant and lively” nose with “an abundance of toasty oak sweetness”; while the taste is described as “deep, velvety smooth and indulgently sweet”.

Grande Couronne is the latest whisky in Glenfiddich’s Grand Series, joining Glenfiddich Grand Cru, which is aged for 23 years in American and European oak casks and then finished in French cuvée casks; and Glenfiddich Gran Reserva, which is matured for 21 years in bourbon casks before being finished in Caribbean rum casks.

Malt master, Brian Kinsman, said Glenfiddich is “continuing to challenge conventions”.

“The Grand Series perfectly encapsulates Glenfiddich’s spirit of innovation and our ability to experiment with aged liquid and intriguing finishes,” he said.

“Grande Couronne is the latest to exemplify that approach. It is the only Glenfiddich single malt that has matured in American and European oak casks and finished in rare French Cognac casks. The length of the finish – two years – is highly unusual and adds extra layers of sweet toasted oak and velvety aromas of café crème, brown sugar and soft spice.”