A few years ago iconic single malt brand Glenfiddich decided to launch some whisky making experiments and see if they could shake things up a little. And now we get to enjoy the latest fruit of their efforts in the form of Fire & Cane, an experimental smoky Scotch finished in sweet rum casks from South America.
The spirit is peatier than Glenfiddich's usual offerings, and to create it their Malt Master Brian Kinsman "married" smoky whisky with non-peated whisky that had been maturing side-by-side in bourbon casks, then finished the blend in carefully-sourced rum casks for three months.
“During the initial tastings, some experienced the unusual smokiness, while others tasted sweeter flavors," Kinsman recounts. The dominant notes are oak, peat, toffee, green fruit, baked apple, toasted marshmallow and soft spice. Fire & Cane comes on the heels of Glenfiddich XX, another experiment we told you about last summer. Both worth a bottoms up.