January 25 2013  |  Spirits & Tobacco

William Grant releases Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish

By Ryan White

Glenfiddich recently released the Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish, an adventurous whisky, bursting with flavor and inspired by Charles Darwin’s legendary voyage. Left for at least 19 years to mature, this whisky has been finished in casks which previously housed the full bodied red wines produced in South America and is available exclusively in Global Travel Retail.

This is the third innovative whisky in the Age of Discovery range, following the famous journeys of the Glenfiddich Madeira Cask Finish and Bourbon Cask Reserve. It marks the first time ever in Glenfiddich’s history that a whisky has been finished in red wine casks. The Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish takes its influence from the renowned journey of HMS Beagle. Setting sail from Plymouth, England in 1831, its passengers included Charles Darwin, a young naturalist, who was invited onboard to record his observations as they explored the South American coast line.

Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman commented: “Inspired by Darwin’s famous voyage, this extraordinarily rich single malt Scotch whisky is finished in oak casks previously used to produce the smooth complex wines of South America. After years of maturation, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have combined with the oak to deliver exceptional smoothness, complimented by warm spicy notes with sweet berry flavors lending a velvety sweetness.”

He continued: “I have married together some of our most exciting whiskies to create this exclusive new whisky which truly celebrates and reflects pioneering spirit.”

Glenfiddich’s founder, William Grant, followed his vision—to make “the best dram in the valley.” This pioneering spirit lives on with the launch of another Glenfiddich first, inspired by the revolutionary voyage of an explorer who changed the way that we look at the natural world.

Adorned with striking illustrations that map the route of Charles Darwin’s journey, the bespoke packaging of Age of Discovery Glenfiddich Red Wine Cask Finish showcases this unique expedition. Meanwhile, the deep red box and the black glass bottle, embellished with a red cartouche compass, reflects the richness and exclusivity of this whisky, making it an ideal gift for the adventurous and discerning drinker.

The Age of Discovery range celebrates the intrepid journeys of the most determined pioneers. The first in the range and released in 2011, Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish, is inspired by the passage of the 15th century Portuguese explorers who discovered Macau and Madeira and revolutionized our understanding of the world. This was followed by the Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve in 2012, which marks the long journeys taken along the Mississippi in the deep American South in the 19th century.

Completing the trio, the Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask Finish has aromas of toasted marshmallow, red berry and vanilla oak tannin, along with ripe fruits and a hint of woody spice. It will be available exclusively in global travel retail from this month. 

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