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Distilled by Glenfiddich and matured for 23 years, this release comes to us primarily aged in American and European oak casks, with an undisclosed finishing period in Grand Cru wine casks. It's bottled at 40% ABV, with no word on coloring or filtering.
Crisp and malt forward on the nose. Honey, apple, taffy, caramel and a load of sweet cream. Light pear, apple, orange, a touch of citrus. Sweet and fruit-forward on the nose.
Medium mouthfeel, no sign of ethanol. Sweet and creamy, a big load of caramel and a touch of wine character. Mostly apple, cinnamon, nougat and pear come together with touches of tannin, red berry and blackberry.
Medium finish once again, complex and fun. Bold caramel, toffee, nougat from the malt. Wine character is minimal at most, but it integrates nicely. Light on tannin, certainly not a powerhouse or oaky dram. Subtle nuance, plenty of sweet fruits, malt and honey to stay interesting.
Overall, it's interesting and distinctive but not exceptional. This particular dram seems to sacrifice big flavor and complexity for something that's approachable but interesting. It's hard to penalize that, but for a 23-year spirit and Grand Cru influence, it's also easy to hope for more.