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Creativity and Craftsmanship at its Finest: Glenfiddich Experimental Series no.3 Winter Storm

July 31, 2018

The concept of craftsmanship fascinates and drives me. I am a firm believer of true craftsmanship is a total commitment to the innovative moment of creation, and a combination of quality, passion, and experience.  As a content creator, it is extremely important for me to spend time with myself once in awhile because I also believe in order to achieve true craftsmanship in what you do, you have to be creative, to think and act creatively. Creativity however does not only come from “without” but also “within.” There is beauty in being alone and I make sure to use this time to unwind my mind and adjust my focus.

 

With that being said, I value personal time more than anything else and drawing is often my go-to activity during this time. Drawing helps me clear my mind off work and I can just dive into the world of imagination and explore my creativity. It has been a true passion of mine besides food. So, as much as I enjoy going out and grabbing a couple of drinks with friends, I sometimes just want to stay home, pick up my pencils, and have a drink to myself. 

 

The Glenfiddich Craftsmanship

I was very lucky to get my hands on the third which is also the latest Glenfiddich Experimental Series bottle - Winter Storm. Being one of the best whisky brands, Glenfiddich is constantly exploring creative options and striving to innovate in Scotch whisky. Winter Storm, is yet another masterpiece from them. Created by the Malt Master Brian Kinsman, this limited edition 21-year-old Speyside single malt whisky has been finished in small batches of ice wine casks from the renowned Peller Estate winery in Niagara, Canada.

 

 

Ice Wine Cask

At this moment, you are probably thinking “Ice wine casks?” Yes, you read that right. What makes Winter Storm so special is that the whisky was moved for several months in ice wine barrels. The inspiration came along when Brian traveled to visit a winemaker in Canada and learned when the temperature hits -10 degrees celcius for the first time, the grapes have to be picked by moonlight when they are still rock-hard. He was very inspired by the extreme condition of these grapes and the lurking sweetness of ice wine, he started to experiment with several french oak ice wine casks and filling different Glenfiddich aged malt to the barrels. He eventually came to the conclusion that the older the expression was, the better they handle the sweetness of the ice wine, and the 21-year-old single malt balances the best with the intensity of ice wine.

 

Taste

The Canadian ice wine seamlessly harmonizes with the distillery character of the whisky. While the wine aroma remains strong on the nose, it is not over powering the oak spices and the sweetness on the palate. The palate has soft tropical candied fruits, lychee and a rich drying sensation, before a short and crisp finish. The finish ends with a pleasant wood, oak-y dryness. Since Winter Storm is on the fruitier and sweeter end, I can easily imagine how it would also be a good pairing with food. A fun way to drink Winter Storm is to add a few frozen grapes to your whisky in a frozen glass, adding a drop of water would also change up the dynamics and really open up the nose.  

 

Quality, Passion, Experience

Winter Storm perfectly embodies the three components of true craftsmanship: from Brian's passion for malt whisky, to using his personal travel experience to challenge himself and create a high quality ice wine cask whisky. With Glenfiddich's Winter Storm, we are now able to witness creativity and craftsmanship at its finest. 

 

Ps. There are only limited bottles of the Winter Storm and it's highly collectable, so make sure you act fast because when it's gone, it's gone, just like the winter storm. 

 

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