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Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX

Glenfiddich Project XX is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, which inspires unusual and unexpected whiskies. Newly launched in the U.S., Project XX (pronounced “twenty”) is the result of a collaboration between Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and 20 whisky experts from 16 countries around the world. Each selected a cask from a warehouse at the Glenfiddich Distillery, and together they developed this unique single malt, which was blended together by Kinsman to achieve the final product.

Glenfiddich Project XX is a good-looking whisky, pouring a deep gold in the glass. On the nose, it’s tame and pleasant, with notes of vanilla, spice and mild oak accompanied by pears and apples. Take a sip, and that vanilla oak comes to the forefront, followed by toast, nuts and spice. The palate is more robust than the nose suggests, and a roll around the mouth brings out plenty of cinnamon heat. It closes with more oak and a gentle vanilla sweetness, which provides for a relaxing, easygoing finish.

Interestingly, Glenfiddich recommends rimming your glass in a light dusting of sea salt flakes, as the salt works well with the fruity notes in the blend. That’s certainly unusual, and it’s nice to see a classic Scotch whisky brand bucking tradition. And while that won’t be our regular method of operation, it was a fun experiment, which is what this whole series is all about.

Stats:
— 47% ABV
— $79.99

CE Rating: ★★★★

Written by Kevin Gray

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