Glenfiddich Winter Storm is the latest edition to be released from the distillery’s fairly new ‘Experimental Series’. This 21-Year-Old expression is the result of whisky finished in French Oak Canadian Ice Wine casks from the Peller Estates.

‘Experimental Series’ was initially launched last year to embody the brand’s philosophy of freedom and possibilities, to create a range of ground-breaking single malts. Regarding the release of this new series, Malt Master Brian Kinsman had commented;

“Only by unlearning what we know and collaborating with like-minded mavericks can we try new things, experiment, push whisky boundaries and challenge traditions”

For those of you who don’t have any idea about Ice Wine; It is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine.

This ‘Lusciously Sweet’ Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 Year Old comes bottled at 43% ABV and with a price tag of £199. You can buy one for yourself from Glenfiddich’s Online Shop.

Glenfiddich Winter Storm

Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21-Year-Old Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Golden with hints of coppery highlights…

Nose: Well balanced sweet fruity aromas… Almost like a fruit-only version of Noah’s pudding… dried apricots, currants and dried figs… faint, almost perfume-like, rose water notes… The wine influence is there but looks like it chooses to stay in the background…

Palate: Strong but not overwhelmingly sweet… Besides the fruits, some floral/herbal sweetness is also present… Bergamot with mint and green apple freshness… In a similar fashion to nosing, the wine takes more of a behind-the-scene role…

Finish: Short to medium… Sweetness dies fast leaving behind a dry aftertaste…

From the whisky-only point of view, I enjoyed Winter Storm very much. It is a rather luscious expression without having the sweet burst you get from some ‘Sherry Bombs’ out there. It seems like 21-Year-Old spirit manages to handle the extra sweetness of Ice Wine very well.

For the ‘experimental’ side of things, I was a bit disappointed. I do not see anything in this edition that ‘pushes whisky boundaries’ or ‘challenging traditions’. Even ‘Ice Wine Finishing’ is not new and had been used by other distilleries.

I had the chance to talk to Mark Thomson, Ambassador to Scotland for Glenfiddich single malt whisky, during Whisky Show 2017 and he told me that the number of bottles from the casks ended up being way less than the expected. Based on this comment, it is probably safe to say that Glenfiddich Winter Storm became more ‘Limited’ than the initial plans.


Glenfiddich Winter Storm 21 Year Old Whisky Review
87%Overall Score