Glenfiddich Winter Storm: Exclusive to Swiss Deluxe Hotels

Posted on 15/01/2018 by Eileen Schuch
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Glenfiddich Winterstorm

Just in time for the holidays, Glenfiddich Winter Storm was launched. This is the third release in a series of experimental editions following Glenfiddich IPA (India Pale Ale), and Glenfiddich Project XX. 

We had the pleasure to be invited to the launch event: a lunch at Widder Bar & Kitchen at the luxurious 5-star Widder Hotel in Zurich, one of the 42 most exclusive Swiss Deluxe Hotels.

Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Markus Heinze led through the tasting allowing participants to immerse completely in the universe of Winter Storm. Rey participated in the event for us and managed to interview the brand responsible LIVE on FB. Click here >>> to listen in or scroll down to find the interview. A food pairing sublimed the experience: Tino Staub, the Widder’s Executive Chef, created a specific lunch menu featuring Celtic specialties.

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Starter: Scottish salmon, green apple, radish, sour cream with honey, Pairing: Glenfiddich IPA

Main: Stew of Irish lamb,  cranberries, ladies’ fingers (Okra), Pairing: Glenfiddich Project XX

Dessert: iced grapes, lychee sorbet, Pairing: Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 years

Glenfiddich IPA: Craft brewer collaboration

To pioneer a new malt whisky, Glenfiddich teamed up with Seb Jones, a local Speyside craft brewer and specifically created a craft beer. It was bold and zesty and would imbue the rich oak casks with extra hoppy notes. By this groundbreaking experiment, Malt Master Brian Kinsman proved, that it is still possible to leave the traditional path by finding new ways to season the casks and to thus create entirely new flavors.

Getting there was a lengthy process but one that was worth all the effort. It resulted in the creation of the first ever single malt Scotch whisky to be finished in craft IPA casks. A true innovation!

Glenfiddich Project XX: an undercover operation

The second experiment took place at Conval warehouse. It was probably the most ambitious malt experiment in Glenfiddich’s 129-year history. The operation was a very secret, private affair (codename XX, pronounced twenty): 20 whisky experts from around the world were invited to the distillery in Dufftown. Each of the selected guests could choose any expression from any of the thousands of casks that were stacked at the warehouse. From these 20 malts, matured in everything from port pipes to virgin bourbon barrels, the most unusual, innovative and unexpected whisky was created.

“I wanted to create an unexpected whisky. Traditionally every malt whisky is chosen and vatted by one Malt Master to their taste, but what if there were 20 Malt Masters? It was an experiment in whisky personality.” – Malt Master Brian Kinsman.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm: intensified by ice and ingenuity

For their latest experiment, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master Brian Kinsman found his inspiration in Icewine. He teamed up with Craig McDonald, VP of Winemaking at the renowned Peller Estates winery near Niagara, Canada. Here, he in the freezing vineyards, he learned about the extreme conditions and the unique production process of this intensely sweet wine: the grapes are picked at moonlight at -10˚C when they are frozen and hard as stones! His experience at the Icewine vineyard inspired him to experiment by maturing Scotch whisky in different Icewine casks.

“I filled the different Canadian Icewine casks with different aged Glenfiddich malts for up to six months – the same time the Icewine takes to mature in wood. What became clear quite quickly was the intense sweetness from the casks overwhelmed whiskies that had more delicate floral flavors. Only the rarer liquids, which were more robust, complex and had more tannins from being in oak for so long, could cope with the extra layers of fruit sweetness. The most successful was a 21-year-old Glenfiddich.” – Brian Kinsman

The perfect serve for Glenfiddich Winter Storm

Use a clean, frozen glass. Pour the preferred measure of Glenfiddich Winter Storm. Add a frozen grape. Enjoy as the perfect accompaniment to dessert. Alternatively, leave the frozen grape to thaw gently in the whisky. When you’ve finished, eat the grape to enjoy a satisfying sweet crunch of the crisp fruit, steeped in the flavors of Winter Storm.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm is presented in a ceramic bottle and available in limited quantities worldwide. In Switzerland, Winter Storm is exclusive to Swiss Deluxe Hotels where it will be served at the bars all throughout the winter season.

Beverage knowledge 

Single malt defines a whisky from a single distillery that is made from malted barley – as opposed to unmalted grain. It is aged in oak casks (American oak that held Bourbon, or European oak that was used for Sherry) for at least three years and bottled at a minimum ABV of 40%.

Glenfiddich is owned and produced by William Grant & Sons in Dufftown, Speyside, a region that features the highest concentration of whisky-producing distilleries in Scotland. Glenfiddich can be translated from Gaelic as “Valley of the Deer” and the brand’s logo is a Stag. Glenfiddich is the most awarded and best-selling single malt whisky in the world.

Rey and Julia toasting at the Glenfiddich Winter Storm Event

Glenfiddich Winterstorm Rey Julia

 

Rey’s FB LIVE and a video from independent reviewer

Note: this content is meant for persons of legal drinking age. Please do not share it with anyone below that age. Drink responsibly.

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