Phenomenal World was part of the Cocktail Reimagined with Glenfiddich nights at Olive Beach with Yangdup Lama, an alchemist in the world of mixology. Glenfiddich was always associated with quality and class and there was no way I could have missed this event. What was tasted? There is also some good news as you read along.
The Company Speaketh
James Pennefather (Managing Director, William Grand & Sons India) spoke the new thought and premise of the company excited about their plans for India
As a purist I usually prefer my drink neat to be able to get the notes and flavors of the scotch. However the younger generation is a new breed altogether and have curious ways of having this fine drink. To target them, Glenfiddich has brought out 6 cocktails that brings out the flavor of the whiskey rather than kill them with sugary syrups and strong ingredients. The drinks used were the 12, 15, 18 and 21 yrs. ( I can picture you cringing already).
Moon Spring – The Glenfiddich 21 Year Old comes alive with its nuanced rum character as it combines with Silver Tips Full-moon Tea. The Nasturtium Orange ice cube enhances the peppery finish of the 21 Year Old. Plucked only on one full-moon night every year, just for a minute short of 3 hours, they say it is a cosmic confluence that makes Silver Tips Imperial Darjeeling Tea magical.
Darjeeling Mail Old Fashioned – The full-bodied aroma of the Darjeeling Castleton Muscatel extract combines with the rich fruity notes of the Glenfiddich 18 Year Old to enhance its sherry character. The magical expression of the cocktail changes with every sip, thanks to the marigold finish. A result of the finest Chinese saplings planted 125 years ago, the Castleton Muscatel second flush, over time, has acquired a sobriquet that’s anything but Chinese. The Champagne of Teas.
Nutty Rob Roy – The best Kashmiri walnuts complement the nuttiness of our Glefiddich15 Year Old Expression. A fine touch of palm sugar and a black pepper cordial bring the complexity alive. The result? A sweetness that lingers. The oldest tree food known to man. Rembrandt’s wonder ink. A Chinese investor’s wonder stock. No wonder the walnut was once only reserved for royalty.
Brahmaputra Boat – The finest bay leaf from Assam and exquisite cinnamon from Kerala combine to make a cordial that gives the World’s Most Awarded single malt, the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old a rightful, full-bodied, spicy finish. Bay leaf and cinnamon. Gifts fit for monarchs, symbols of honour since the dawn of civilisation and waxed eloquent by poets including Apollo, the Greek God of Poetry.
Speyside Tiramisu – The fruit-forward notes of the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old combine with the tangerine sweetness and intense aromas of the Gung Giri estate’s premium coffee. The finish is celebratory almost, with orange oils, cinnamon spice and caramel to round up all things whisky. Around 400 years ago, someone stole 8 seeds from the Arabs and planted them in Chikmagalur. Today, the whole world has an eye on the Gung Giri coffee blend.
Mulberry sparkle – The fruity notes of the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old expression find the perfect partner in handpicked Figs from Gujarat. A fig puree complements the sweetness of the malt, and the splash of ginger juice gives it a spicy zing. A twist of lime juice makes for a surprising citrus finish. A mention in the Old Testament. Believed to be the first domesticated crop ever. Extolled for its restorative powers. The fig has surely stood the test of time.
My personal fav was the Moon spring, a perfect match of two phenomenal drinks.
The ice used for all of these cocktails was fine spring water clear ice that enhanced the look and did not corrupt the taste of these fine ingredients.
The Good News
With reduced excise duty in Karnataka by 30%-40%, Glenfiddich is looking to expand and foresees a good market here
I hope you enjoyed that. Toast to your good health and life
ABOUT WILLIAM GRANT & SONS AND GLENFIDDICH
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry®, Milagro® Tequila and, most recently, Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey.
ABOUT GLENFIDDICH, INDIA
Glenfiddich is a single malt whisky owned and produced by William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited, an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and still controlled by the fifth generation of the family. Glenfiddich has gained a reputation for supporting the creative arts in India with various initiatives including the annual Artists in Residence award and World’s Most Experimental Bartender programmes. Click on www.williamgrant.com for more information on the Company and its brands.
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