I was thinking about buying this, intrigued by a peated Glenfiddich after reading a number of other reviews, but with these low scores from a blind tasting (great idea too) I’ll give this a miss and spend 40 quid on something else. Pear drops, peaches, foam banana sweets and simple syrup. Great stuff – saved from a dud. There’s a mix of strawberry laces, pencil sharpenings and lemon washing up liquid. While most reviewers seemed to like it, this doesn’t really work for me. Sweet vanilla cream. Raw ginger heat with chilli flakes and then a light smokiness and cask char. Herbal notes, tiger balm, sage. 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As you can see their existence doesn’t influence our view, we’d also suggest there are far more deserving whiskies out there at this price point. Glenfiddich Fire & Cane features a fusion of two bold flavours coming together to form the unexpected combination of smoky Glenfiddich whisky finished in sweet rum casks. Your email address will not be published. Whisky reviews, news & features without favour. He is also the online editor for Distilled. It does seem the weakest of the bunch by a long margin. Avoid. This allowed me to hand over a couple of blind samples, which we’ll spread over 2 articles. Mouth: creamy but perhaps a little underpowered. Verdict: Fire & Cane is an innovative Glenfiddich, but one that’s unfortunately a bit bland. Faint lemon, pear. You’ll find better options for your £40 than this. Jason: I’ve obviously had this Glenfiddich as well and not had the benefit of the blind format. Just totally unenjoyable. There are slight notes of chocolate orange but, really, that’s all I’m getting out of this! Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published. I think Fire & Cane is one of my new favorites, though. Yep yep yep spot on. Something that a few of you have requested we try and do now and again. Press Esc to cancel. If I've lost you, there's no hope. Bottled at 43% strength, Fire & Cane features the Glenfiddich peated spirit combined with bourbon-aged single malt, which is then finished in Latin rum casks. If you're still on board, Glenfiddich Fire & Cane is the latest entry to their Experimental Series. You, the lucky onlooker, have the insight of knowing what the mystery whisky is. I wanted to pick a brand. Yep, that’s the last great Glenfiddich I’ve had. This was matured in ex-bourbon casks, married and finished in a variety of Latin dark rum barrels (hence “Cane”) for three months. Is it so experimental to ask for something worthwhile? The palate was disappointing; the nose was more promising (if only slightly). If I wanted my mouth rinsed out with soap I’d stick to Fairy Liquid and a glass of water rather than spend my money on this muck. Even friends who have been visiting here, have been given it blind, and their feedback has been consistently negative. Orange peels. However, I don’t want this have again as the soapiness is really unpleasant. Name: Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Scotch. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Your email address will not be published. Distiller: Glenfiddich Bottler: Glenfiddich ABV: 43% ABV Age: NAS Nose: Light brine and smoke. Since then the Speyside Festival releases have gone downhill and the prices upwards. Sad to hear that Tom. Pear drops, peaches, foam banana sweets and simple syrup. The sad part is: they can make pretty good peated stuff – like the bottling for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2017 (WB #95918). Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition, Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series #04. Review #1057 | Scotch Review #362 – Glenfiddich Fire and Cane The Schtick: This is the fourth entry in Glenfiddich’s Experimental Series. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. It combines the deep smokiness of an Islay with the richness of Glenfiddich, and … A producer that is not just about the whisky. Nose: Peaty smoke, malted barley, fruit. Colour: bog standard industrially produced whisky gold. Although it is officially ageless, it is said to be between 12 and 15 years of age. On the nose: pretty clean and light. Taste: Smoke, caramel, rum sugar, oak. Even taking into account differing palettes and preferences I think the writing is on the wall for this whisky. Unfortunately, putting together these notes from 3 different sources has taken longer than anticipated, as we’re now into July; it’s time to publish. We don’t want to partner with brands. The fourth release in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series is a combination of the classic unpeated whisky with some of their rarely-seen lightly peated spirit (8 ppm phenols, hence ‘”Fire”). I was intrigued by the Fire & Cane release, given the widespread positivity online. The nose is okay, hints at a possibly decent dram until it reaches your mouth. Some salted lemons, cask char and bbq smoke. Provide your own tasting notes, score and conclusions. It’s a poor excuse for a whisky, propelled and peddled by the William Grant industrial machine. Learn how your comment data is processed. Faint ask. We’ve reviewed a couple of entries in the Experimental series a couple of years ago and this would be a fun candidate to strip back to the bare bones of the liquid itself for a trio of opinions. Hopefully #5 bounces back. Then you try it again and it’s pretty poor and should be scored as such. A tinge of white pepper too. New: Glenfiddich Fire & Cane / Compass Box The Spaniard, New: Mosstowie 1979 (G&M) / A Fine Christmas Malt / GlenAllachie 21 Years. Now soap….soap and even more soap. I appreciate everyone has a valid opinion of their own, but this Glenfiddich is wide of the mark. Hints of smoky cedar wood. It takes peated Glenfiddich and matures it in rum casks. Part of Glenfiddich's experimental line-up of releases, this is the Experimental Series #4 release. A distant memory now. Color: Gold. Just seems the way of things nowadays. Hopefully, a new experiment is due soon. Still available from Master of Malt or TWE. On the nose: pretty clean and light. Finish: quite long, with plenty of spices and a bitter edge. Thanks, Jessica. A slightly harsh rummy note too. A bonus was catching up with Justine and Noortje and finally getting to meet Phil in person. What timing! A new inclusion on the Malt menu is the blind tasting format. The Glenfiddich Fire and Cane belongs to the line dubbed the “Experimental Series” and is composed of this Fire and Cane, Project XX, IPA and Winter Storm. I realise this is a strange thing to say for a smoky Speyside that received a rum finish to boot, but Fire & Cane is simply too sweet and almost too easy. In the mouth: a very thin mouthfeel to this. Review: Glenfiddich Fire and Cane is a recent and fourth addition to the Glenfiddich Experimental Series which include Glenfiddich IPA, Project XX, and Winter Storm.Fire and Cane is a non-aged stated bottled at 86 proof. This is a below average whisky and not something I would return to whatsoever. Only then, will I reveal the whisky and ask you again for your thoughts. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Molasses. Ginger and dark chocolate. Honey, caramel, candied nuts, orange oil. Cinnamon. We’re always listening and striving to improve what we can offer, hence today’s break from the norm. It’s not a bad whisky but the peaty notes feel like a burden rather than an asset. Others do paid-for content with brands. Expect to pay £42.45 via the Whisky Exchange or you can save a few quid at Master of Malt who are charging £39.89, which is the same price as Amazon. Press Esc to cancel. The brief was pretty simple; review this like any other whisky. It felt as though a few drops of water would help but they actually killed it. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Support Malt Each Month By Becoming A Patron. The latter appears more towards the end. Those giving scores around 90-ish are either looking to butter-up Glenfiddich, or afraid to speak the truth. A few drops of water rouses the pencil sharpenings aromas and delivers some hints of orange peel. How's this for attention grabbing - a peated Glenfiddich finished in rum casks. Toffee. Read more about our new Patron offering, or hit the button below to contribute. Glenfiddich Fire & Cane – Phil’s Review. All the attendees had fun and explored some new whiskies. Price: $48.99 + tax for the bottle at Total Wine. This is drying and bitter into the finish. But we could do with your support each month – think of it as buying us a dram. Powerhouse whisk(e)y blogging since 2016. A well-known distillery that wraps itself around marketing and social media. I have to say I’m pretty disappointed by it and the hyped reviews that I’ve read elsewhere since. In the mouth: Quite a thick texture. And while I’m generally sanguine about such things, it’s white telling when Malt’s disparate reviewers so starkly pan a whisky under blind review. Some of the big whisky websites are funded by corporate groups. We’ll keep the flag flying for truth and value right here. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. There’s no smoke without fire, the