GLENFIDDICH IPA EXPERIMENT The first single malt scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks
TO PIONEER A NEW MALT WE CREATED A CRAFT BEER
In our first groundbreaking experiment, Malt Master Brian Kinsman has proven that traditional whisky casks can still be seasoned in a pioneering way. Collaborating with a local Speyside craft brewer, Brian created a bold and zesty IPA beer to imbue our rich oak casks with extra hoppy notes. The experiment resulted in the first single malt Scotch whisky ever finished in craft IPA casks.
Finished in bespoke craft IPA barrels, our pioneering new malt is imbued with unique zesty citrus notes and the subtle tang of fresh hops. The flavour comes with carefully hand selecting the right malt whiskies to complement the extra hoppy notes.
1. BREWING THE PERFECT IPA
Our collaborators had a momentous task ahead – freshly brewed IPA craft beer that could rest in whisky casks, later to be used to finish the Experimental Series variants.
2. SEASONING THE CASKS
Back at our Distillery, Brian secretly kept up to nine barrels seasoning at any one time. He varied the time the craft beer in the oak, before filling the casks back up with whisky to see what new flavours would be revealed.
3. THE FINAL EXPRESSION
They finally decided on their favourite: Brew 2. The science of seasoning, beer strength and the time the whisky spent being finished all had a remarkable effect on the final, distinctive flavour.
4. A PIONEERING NEW MALT
What began as a quirky idea had quickly turned into an intensive experiment. Not only had Brian pioneered a new malt, but he had created a new craft beer in the process.
How to Serve:
STEP 1 Use a clean Glenfiddich IPA glass.
STEP 2 Add a large ball of ice, measuring 55mm.
STEP 3 Pour the preferred measure of Glenfiddich IPA.
STEP 4 Peel a 2in slice of blood orange peel and run it around the rim of the glass.
STEP 5 Give the peel a little twist and drop it into the glass.
STEP 6 Enjoy!