I always say to me team that it is important that we make mistakes, but that they must always be smart mistakes that have been attempted for a reason; that’s experimentation.” Curiously, for a man as credible and as accomplished as Kinsman, he has a side to him that is thoroughly intriguing once you scratch the surface, especially when asked about what he finds hard about what he does – “the hardest part for me is writing tasting notes, verbalising what I am thinking and feeling and making that relatable is a challenge, and the biggest tip I can give anyone who wants to be able to articulate tasting notes better is to smell what is around them, in supermarkets, in airports, look at how these ingredients are described and start to build up your vocabulary”.
From a helicopter over the Niagara Falls to a private plane over Lake Ontario, from time spent at -10 degrees centigrade drinking ice wine and countless incredible meals created by highly talented and world class chefs, the Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Winter Storm bottling was revealed last night in an elaborate and highly immersive setting in Toronto.
This is the newest release in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, following Glenfiddich IPA and Glenfiddich Project XX which you can read more about here.
Essentially a bat signal goes out that alerts the producers in any locations that it is time to pick these frozen beauties, and the pickers will literally be out there for up to eighteen hours getting their pick on. The resulting wine is sweet, thick, best served chilled, and packs a lot of flavour in to each sip. The Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Winter Storm clocks in at £199 so is definitely not cheap, but in my humble opinion a solid price for not only an amazing whisky, but a stunning bottle with one of the best examples of packaging design I have seen in the last three years, is insanely well balanced, slightly sweet smoky note reminiscent of early eighties and seventies Speyside classics.
Sweetness of the ice wine so well integrated, pineapples, tropics, kiwi, subtle dark fruits, hints of citrus especially lemon zest, and a soft note of Apple and pear flesh on the nose.
The same notes follow through to the palate, that ancient smoky note grows – Brian tells me this is the enhanced tannin influence, that citrus note grows as do the orchard fruity note, maybe I’m imagining it but there is a luscious grape note with a sweetness that isn’t sickly, but makes you want more.
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You can kick off the shackles and go about your life as you wish.
But the plan that is likely laid out for you is a plan destined to fail, so you've got to make the right choices to get a jumpstart on a life of health, wealth and happiness.
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