September 13, 2019 – Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has just released Grand Cru. This exclusive and elegant whisky has matured for 23 years in American and European oak casks and elegantly finished in rare French cuvée casks for up to six months.
What exactly does “cuvee” mean? Much of French wine terminology usage is strictly regulated but cuvée isn’t – so it can mean different things. In general, it implies a special wine or blend but it can also, unfortunately, be slapped on a bottle of less than stellar wine to make it appear better than it is.
In the case of Champagne, it refers to the first pressing of the grapes producing the best juice. As Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman describes it, “This is the only Glenfiddich single malt to undergo this exceptional finishing in French cuvée casks that once contained the wine that goes on to become some of the world’s most extraordinary sparkling wines.”
The six months this lovely old whisky spent in Champagne wine casks added new layers of luxury with a myriad of aromas, from apple blossom to candied lemon and freshly baked bread. Rich vanilla, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape build a beautiful harmony of flavors on the palate, enhanced by a long, opulent finish.
Pricing and Availability
Glenfiddich Grand Cru is now available at premium whisky retailers. The gold capped, black bottle is presented in an elegant black box making it a highly desirable gift or addition to a whisky collection. Recommended retail is $299.99.