Glenfiddich launches its first Red Wine Cask whisky

By Charlotte Turner |

Yesterday, Glenfiddich released the ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish, inspired by Charles Darwin’s legendary voyage.


Left for at least 19 years to mature, this whisky has been finished in casks which previously housed red wines produced in South America and is available exclusively the travel retail market.


This is the third whisky in the ‘Age of Discovery’ range, following the Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish and Bourbon Cask Reserve. It marks the first time ever in Glenfiddich’s history that a whisky has been finished in red wine casks.


Glenfiddich Age of DiscoveryThe ‘Age of Discovery’ Red Wine Cask Finish takes its influence from the journey of HMS Beagle, which embarked on its voyage from Plymouth, England in 1831. Its passengers included Charles Darwin, who was invited onboard to record his observations as they explored the South American coast line.


[Left: The Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish will be available in GTR from January]



Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman said: “After years of maturation, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have combined with the oak to deliver exceptional smoothness, complimented by warm spicy notes with sweet berry flavours lending a velvety sweetness.


“I have married together some of our most exciting whiskies to create this exclusive new whisky which truly celebrates and reflects pioneering spirit.”


The 70cl black glass bottle (40% ABV) is embellished with a red cartouche compass and comes in a red box adorned with illustrations that map the route of Charles Darwin’s journey.

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