If you’re like me or any artisan supporting reader you would have ventured into the world of craft, small batch (often Homemade) beers, coffees and spirits like the famed Cape fynbos botanical gins.
There are a kaleidoscope of beers on the market these days from IPA’s to Dunkel. Evolving this trend is the famed Glenfiddich brand driven by Brian Kinsman (Glenfiddich Malt Master) who teamed up with a Speyside craft brewer and developed two new drinks, a bold IPA (yes A “Glenfiddich” beer), and a single malt whisky in what has come to be known as the Experimental Series.
The Glenfiddich Experimental Series is designed to inspire unusual and unexpected variants, and sees the unveiling of the first release, the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment, the world’s first single malt Scotch whisky finished in India Pale Ale (IPA) craft beer casks.
The brief was to fill American Oak barrels with Indian Pale Ale crafted from varied measured amounts of hops, following the brewing process these barrels were emptied and bottled and finally re-filled with Whisky.
The idea was that the hops would penetrate the barrel, as is the case with wines and Brandys alike the barrel would be permeated with the hops “flavour” which would offer Glenfiddich a premium whisky not only known for its golden colour, bold single malt and vanilla from the traditional oaking but also a fresh, tart “citrus” tipple from the hops.
The Glenfiddich Experimental Series has just launched in South Africa, retailing at R999.00 in all leading liquor outlets.