Whisky is traditionally thought of as being made from three ingredients: water, barley and yeast. Some people also include oak casks, but there is one more important factor that is often missed: time.
In this tasting, malt master and blender Brian Kinsman will showcase the development of his whisky, from youthful vigour to aged excellence. He'll be deconstructing Glenfiddich 26 Year Old Excellence, a perfect example of whisky mellowed and transformed over years of maturation.
We'll be trying cask samples drawn specially for the class along with the finished Excellence, comparing them to see how the whisky changes over time.
Excellence is matured exclusively in American oak casks, which allow the spirit to develop and mature without overpowering it with oak. The result is a complex whisky that shows the different flavours that can develop during ageing – which you'll discover in this masterclass.
Brian Kinsman has years of experience in shepherding Glenfiddich's spirit towards maturity and this is rare opportunity to see him deconstruct the process of creating one of the distillery's flagship whiskies.