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The Glenfiddich Grand Series. Jeeves de Veyra
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Glenfiddich's Grand Series an excellent addition to scotch collections

Scottish whisky brand Glenfiddich threw a grand celebration to introduce its new series of premium expressions.
Jeeves de Veyra | May 22 2024

Scottish whisky brand Glenfiddich threw a grand celebration to introduce its new series of premium expressions. Dubbed the Grand Series, these feature the spice Glenfiddich is known for, but with unique notes and flavors from the select casks used to finish these whiskies.

Glenfiddich’s new regional malts brand ambassador for Southeast Asia, Jyri Pylkkänen, flew in to introduce these new whiskys and guide a select group through a tasting session at Solaire Resorts and Casinos’ Whisky Room.

Pylkkänen has extensive experience back in Finland as part of liquor importer, Beverage Partners Finland Oy, and a co-founder of award winning cocktail bar, Son of a Punch. Barely four months into the role coming to Asia in early 2024, he will cultivate advocacy and support continued growth for Glenfiddich, as well as other William Grant & Sons brands such as The Balvenie in Southeast Asia.

"At Glenfiddich, we believe that grand occasions deserve grand celebrations. Combining a time-honored vision with the maverick spirit and determination to blaze new trails, the Glenfiddich Grand Series is a celebration of the extraordinary. From unexpected cask finishes of Caribbean rum to French cuvée and cognac casks, the Grand Series showcases our ability to experiment with aged liquid and intriguing finishes — bringing together luxury and traditional worlds in an unexpected marriage and elevating the ordinary. occasions to offer a true taste of opulence," Pylkkänen explained.

Jyri Pylkkänen, Glenfiddich’s new regional malts brand ambassador for Southeast Asia. Jeeves de Veyra
Jyri Pylkkänen, Glenfiddich’s new regional malts brand ambassador for Southeast Asia. Jeeves de Veyra

The first was the Gran Reserva, 21-year-old whisky finished in Caribbean rum barrels and poured in a stemmed tulip nosing glass. For fans of the Glenfiddich 15, this is somewhat like that but with the spice level amped up as well as the sweetness. The choice to pair these with arancini with Indian curry was spice on spice on spice and worked rather well.

My favorite dram was the Grand Cru. The black bottle makes for a stunning addition to a collector's top shelf. For this 23-year-old scotch finished in French cuvee sparkling wine casks, a wide rimmed coupe was used, perhaps to let whisky spread out along the tongue to accentuate its thick honey-like mouthfeel. The Grand Cru’s fruity wine finish really went well with the creamy heavy texture of with lobster ravioli. For wine drinkers thinking about exploring whisky, this is a great sip.

While the last whisky is labelled as a 26-year-old, the Grand Couronne is really a 28-year-old whisky as it was matured for 26 years, then finished for an additional two years in rare French cognac casks. Served in a cognac sniffer, I took my time nosing the sweet fruity oaky whisky. When I sipped it, I was surprised with how relatively light it was, compared to the Grand Cru. It did have intense velvety grape notes complementing the spice which held its own when paired with sous-vide beef tenderloin.

Tulip nosing glass, coupe, and a cognac sniffer with the Grand Couronne and the Grand Cru. Jeeves de Veyra
Tulip nosing glass, coupe, and a cognac sniffer with the Grand Couronne and the Grand Cru. Jeeves de Veyra

The Grand Series are premium bottles for scotch aficionados looking for something extra to complement that signature Glenfiddich spice and are excellent additions to add those bottles that are locked away on display. That is, until the next celebration that calls for luxurious drams such as these.

The Glenfiddich’s Grand Series -- Gran Reserva, Grand Cru and Grande Couronne -- is now available at selected on e-commerce liquor stores (Boozy & Boozeshop), and at the Solaire Whisky Bar.