If you’re a fan of whisky, then this is definitely something that will interest you. Glenfiddich has just released a new range of whiskies called the ‘Time Re:Imagined’ collection.
This collection includes 3 expressions, each with its own unique theme related to time. These extraordinarily rare whiskies are the 30-year-old, 40-year-old and 50-year-old expressions.
Prices for this luxurious collection start at £900 and go all the way up to £35,000 for the 50-year-old expression. So, if you’re looking to add something truly special and unique to your whisky collection, this is definitely worth checking out.
Time as a theme
When creating this collection, Brian Kinsman, a malt master at Glenfiddich, decided to use time as the central theme.
“In whisky production, we often talk about the role of malt masters, and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask. But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing.”
The 30-year-old expression is themed around “Suspended Time,” representing the moment when the distiller decides that a whisky is ready to be bottled.
The 40-year-old expression depicts “Cumulative Time,” and is inspired by remnant vatting, the process of taking whisky from older casks to top up younger ones.
The 50-year-old expression portrays “Simultaneous Time,” and represents the simultaneous factors that come into play when whisky is being made, such as the weather, the type of cask used, and the size of the still.
Each of the bottles comes with its own unique and elaborately designed case.
The 30-year-old is wrapped in a silver ribbon cage, effectively suspending the bottle within. The 40-year-old is encased in Jesmonite to represent stone, and has been designed to mimic geological metamorphosis. Lastly, the 50-year-old is presented in a modern, futuristic looking case which, incredibly, was designed using decrypted meteorological data from the past 50 years to represent the precise climatic changes during that time.
The unique design of these decanters is a fitting tribute to the time and effort that has gone into making these exceptional whiskies.
While the theme and the cases are important, it’s the whisky that is the star of the show.
The 30-year-old has been aged in a combination of sherry casks and bourbon barrels, giving it a rich sweetness with deep woody notes and a hint of spice, resulting in a complex and full-bodied whisky with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and dried fruits.
The 40-year-old has been aged in sherry casks, resulting in a whisky with deep flavours of dried fruits, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding, balanced by a delicate sweetness.
The 50-year-old is a blend of whiskies from three different American oak casks resulting in a whisky with an incredibly complex flavour profile, including notes of sun-dried vanilla, dark chocolate, fresh citrus fruits and a hint of smoke. Just 220 bottles of this whisky have been produced.
With a combination of an intriguing theme and some truly exceptional whiskies, the Time Re:Imagined collection is sure to be a hit with whisky lovers around the world. Glenfiddich has once again shown that it is a leader in innovation within the Scotch whisky category.