The Glenfiddich Rare Collection has unveiled two new releases: Glenfiddich 1975 Vintage Cask 4706 and Cask 5114.
The Rare Collection Series, introduced in the 1990’s, is a selection of casks picked by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman.
Released individually as single casks, both Cask 4706 and Cask 5114 are exclusive to the U.S., with only 100 bottles of each available.
Aged 44 years, this limited-edition pair encompasses whiskies laid down within a week of each other in 1975. Cask 4706 aged in a European Oak Sherry Butt, while Cask 5114 matured in a European Oak Hogshead.
Distillery-provided tasting notes are as follows:
- CASK 4706: A lively and vibrant bouquet imparting notes of oak, antique leather, tannin and crisp parchment, while maintaining its intriguing zestiness with hints of green apple and citrus. At first sip, a silky-smooth mouthfeel is welcoming with a creamy vanilla sweetness followed by a long-lasting finish of mellow oak, toasted almonds, banana and spring blossom. It is 48% ABV.
- CASK 5114: Envelops the nose with an intense spicy oak character and layers of dried fruits. An initial burst of sundried raisins and vanilla gives way to more subtle notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and caramelized apple. Once tasted, the first wave of flavor is a powerful expression of the Glenfiddich distillery character taken to new levels with essence of spicy oak and fruit, followed by unfolding notes of apricots, prunes and dates, concluding with woody spice, toasted macadamia and rich fruit cake. It is 54.7% ABV.
Both vintages are bottled at cask strength, and are non-chill filtered. Each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a handcrafted brown Italian leather box with a copper foiled leaflet containing information about the bottling.
Glenfiddich Rare Collection variants have a recommended retail price of $8,999.99 each.