You never know what is going to turn up when you sign up and get accepted for one of @TheWhiskyWire's @TweetTasting and this week's was an especially unusual one! I've been lucky enough to have taken part in a number of these and have received a box with a glass and 3 samples, another had 5 samples, but this one was the strangest yet! When Steve announced it was a #GlenfiddichIPA tasting my first though was OK, we're only sampling 1 dram, but that's not quite how it turned out!
The evening kicked off as normal with our thoughts on the whisky:
Distillery : Glenfiddich
Whisky : Experimental Series - IPA Cask Finish
Price : £45
Characteristics : 700ml, 43% ABV. NAS but around 8yo
Colour : Deep Gold
Nose : Floral and fruity, Orange, pear, cereals - develops into apples with cinnamon
Palate : Smooth and sweet but tasting a little like honey sandwiches, some sour apple and hops
Finish : Very bitter, with hints of spice (ginger?)
Overall : The nose and taste of this dram were very nice - a little fruit and cereal but the finish was very bitter - maybe slightly unpleasant.
Link : IPA
Next came the beer!
The beer is brewed by Seb Jones at @SpeysideCraftBrewery and matured in the ex-whisky American Oak casks for a month before being bottled.
The beer is dry, very bitter and has hints of citrus - very moreish!
After a couple of mouthfuls of the beer I went back to the whisky and it had changed a little - more creamy and fruity on the palate and the bitter finish had gone altogether - interesting!
Then came the strange part of the evening - we were invited to get a handful of ice, add it to the beer, twist and add the blood orange peel and finally add a little of the dram! I found it really difficult to 'pour away' some of my whisky.....
The resulting 'IPA Experimental Serve' was an unusual experience! There was huge explosion of zesty orange followed by a dry bitter taste, from the beer, finishing with a little kick from the whisky. Not really my cup of tea but I'm sure it wouldn't be out of place at a summer BBQ!
Glenfiddich have a swish video showing you how to make their Serve:
Many thanks to Steve for organising, Mark and @GlenfiddichSMW for the samples and my fellow tasters for a really enjoyable evening!