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February 24, 2024

India’s unending love for single malt expressions

As India’s share of HNIs increases, we are in the era of quiet luxury. A great whisky experience is the centrepiece on many celebratory occasions, the rarer the better. It is par course to hear of regular patrons, keeping a bottle of the rarest single malt separately for them at a luxury hotel, for their indulgence. The demand of the audience for a good whisky entails the entire experience – from luxury packaging to limited edition releases, surprise elements and the rarest of the rare for special occasions and holidays.
Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has tapped into the burgeoning interest in newer expressions and a market ready for complex tastes, with the release of their finest expressions in the country such as the Gran Reserva 21 Year Old, Glenfiddich 23 Year Old Grand Cru, Glenfiddich Grande Couronne 26 Year Old, Grand Yozakura 29 Year Old, and finally the Glenfiddich 30 Year Old Suspended Time from the Reimagination of Time collection.
The first of the Grand Series – Gran Reserva, its 21 Year Old expression was the first to be released in India. When this pioneering scotch was released, it received an enthusiastic reception by Indian patrons, becoming an instant favourite.
Glenfiddich has responded to the demand for rare and limited edition releases by coming forth with whiskies that have been crafted to elevate a traditional celebratory occasion in a new, relevant and compelling way.
Announcing the launch of Time Reimagined Collection – a remarkable collection of aged and exclusive single malt whiskies representing the ultimate expression of time – Glenfiddich introduces the very first of the collection in India – The 30 Year Old, embodying Suspended Time. The Glenfiddich 30 Year Old depicts the moment when Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, suspends the whisky’s maturation to bottle it, capturing the whisky at the precise moment in time, a perfect expression, preserved for all eternity. It has a rich, bronze colour to it with a taste that has deep, woody flavours combined with delicate floral
accents that last for a long time in the mouth. It is like a deep rich Christmas cake, with a lovely syrupy fruitiness. The outer packaging design evokes this moment through moving ribbons, each one frozen in time to form elegant cut-out windows, revealing the regal decanter inside. With the moment of maturation captured in all its splendour, the dynamic lines and complex structure create an illusion that the bottle is suspended effortlessly, in mid-air, suspended in time.
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The Glenfiddich Grand Series celebrates the unexpected
marriage of two traditional worlds to take luxury to a new
level. With a time-honoured vision, desire and determination
to do things differently, Grand is a beautifully disruptive series
of single malts that promises pleasure, celebrates milestones
and oozes opulence; the crescendo to every occasion.
Glenfiddich Grand Yozakura – Limited Edition Release
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Glenfiddich has created the first Single Malt Scotch Whisky to be finished in rare ex-Awamori casks, the latest release within the renowned Grand Series. It is a limited-edition fusion celebrating the finest from Scotland and Japan, with only a handful of bottles available in India. Grand Yozakura is a 29 Year Old Whisky matured at the
Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown and finished in oak casks that previously matured the oldest distilled alcoholic spirit in Japan, Awamori, producing a finish unlike any other. Grand Yozakura celebrates Hanami – the “cherry blossom festival”, where Japan appreciates the temporal beauty of nature through the sakura. A time for renewal and optimism, the festival is best experienced illuminated after dark where it is known as the Yozakura or ‘night sakura’. This fleeting moment captures a time where nature is honoured and this marriage of rare liquids, once gone, will never be replicated presenting a transient chance to experience a beautiful collision of cultures and flavours.
Glenfiddich Grande Couronne – Crown The Occasion
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Grande Couronne is the epitome of true opulence, uncorked at only the most majestic and meaningful of gatherings. Its very name, meaning crown in French, is the promise of the pleasure to come. The pinnacle of the night’s revelry. A unique expression that’s been matured in American and European oak casks for 26 years with an extended finish in rare and meticulously selected French cognac casks. The final toast is a majestically smooth marriage of café crème, brown sugar and spice. While sweet toasted oak and the delicate scent of patisseries swirl in the air, the long-lasting sweet and velvety finish makes every dram a gilded tribute to true opulence.
Glenfiddich Grand Cru – Celebrate The Occasion
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Daring and unexpected, Grand Cru encapsulates the very spirit of luxury and craftsmanship of Glenfiddich while surpassing the very notion of Single Malt, as it sets out to redefine moments of celebration through a new and extraordinary drinking experience.
An exclusive expression that’s been matured for 23 years and elegantly finished in rare French cuvée oak casks, it fuses together the finest flavours from Scotland and France to create a true taste of luxury to be enjoyed with others. Every drop of Grand Cru is the result of up to 6 months marrying time, adding new layers of luxury with a myriad of aromas from apple blossom to candied lemon and freshly baked bread. On the palate, rich vanilla, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape build a beautiful harmony of flavours; enhanced by a long, opulent finish for an unforgettable experience, to be shared and remembered.
Glenfiddich Gran Reserva – Embrace The Occasion
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The remarkable liquid is matured in a combination of American and European oak casks for 21 years and finished for four months in bourbon barrels seasoned with Glenfiddich’s own Caribbean rum, imbuing the whisky with extra exotic notes. The 21 Year Old is the only Glenfiddich single malt to undergo this unique finishing in Gran Reserva casks that once contained premium Caribbean rum, specially imported to The Glenfiddich Distillery. The rum is blended to the Speyside distiller’s secret recipe from several tropical Caribbean islands to awaken distinctive notes of ginger, lime and banana within the rich smoothness of the patiently mellowed 21 Year Old. The packaging continues to reflect the rich heritage of William Grant & Sons family, with a refreshing Caribbean flavour.
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Anushka Manik


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