The universe works in mysterious ways. Truly, it does.
Back in May 2012 I highlighted the Glenfiddich 1974 as my Whisky of the Month (which is more like Whisky of the Quarter as I don’t get around to updating it often enough) and I wistfully hoped that some day I would get to taste this rare dram. Well, that day arrived thanks to the Glenfiddich South Africa team. And it didn’t stop with the 1974. Attendees were fortunate enough to taste the 286-bottles only Glenfiddich 1987 125th Anniversary Edition too.
Glenfiddich 1987 – The Anniversary Edition
Glenfiddich 1974 – The Ambassador’s Edition
|For the background on this whisky, you can read my post on it over here.
Bottles: 1000 (A lot less than that remain now!)
Age: 36 years old
Nose: Citrus, pears and pineapple, a touch of caramel and slightly nutty.
Palate: Velvety vanilla sweetness mixed with the fruits picked up on the nose. Cinnamon and a touch of oak.
Finish: Quite long! The toffee and fruits fade and the oak stands its ground.
As mentioned, the Glenfiddich 1974 will be making an appearance at the Soweto leg of the FNB Whisky Live Festival. Consumers who purchase a showroom ticket (restricted to 220 per night) for the Soweto show will have access to taste the 1974. Reason enough to head down to Soweto! No bottles are being made available for sale.
As I had an affinity with the 1974 Vintage (what with sharing a birth year), I fully expected to enjoy it more than the 1987 Anniversary Edition. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The 1974 stuck fairly close to the typical Glenfiddich DNA whereas the 1987 was a completely different beast to the signature style. Perhaps a case of the brand ambassadors wanting to show how well they identified with the Glenfiddich style and the company director making his own stamp on the brand, showing great-great granddaddy Grant that he could select something equally different and terrific? Either way, the end result is two rather spectacular drams. (With the ’87 being my outright winner.)
All in all a very enjoyable evening. A great setting, nice food and two really special whiskies. Well done Glenfiddich, well done.