To meet the huge demand created by the success of Glenfiddich's IPA Experimental whisky we've installed lots of new kit. Nice, shiny kit, and we'll be working it hard this year to keep Glenfiddich and you supplied with our lovely beer.
For the uninitiated, here's some info on we've done as partners in this success story.
Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman created the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment in collaboration with us at Speyside Craft Brewery, as we share the same passion for innovative flavours. We worked together to pioneer a new single malt scotch whisky, imbued with zesty citrus and tangy hops from the oak casks that had previously held a bold Speyside IPA.
In the process of Glenfiddich crafting a new whisky for the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, Brian and our team, which included Seb and head brewer, Adam Blackwood, also created a brand new IPA craft beer. To pioneer a brand new malt, we had to first design and create a new IPA craft beer that would go into whisky casks, which would later be used to finish the first experimental variant. The intensive experimental process involved creating three separate brews of different strengths and levels of hops. Brian seasoned up to nine American oak casks at a time with the IPA brews, varying the time the IPA craft beer spent penetrating into the oak casks, before filling the casks back up with whisky to assess the flavour profiles. Created from partnerships and collaborations with like-minded mavericks from a wide range of different industries, the Glenfiddich Experimental Series unlocks new whisky possibilities in the true spirit of experimentation. The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment is the first in the series which will include a number of unexpected variants over time.