The style of Glenfiddich, the best selling malt whisky in the world, has not been associated with smokiness.
In 2002 however the company released Caoran Reserve (the name translates from Gaelic to ‘peat embers’), an attempt to replicate spirit from the 1940s, when coal shortages forced distillers to use greater amount of local peat during malting process. The effect was a Glenfiddich with distinctive smokiness, which complimented natural fruitiness of the standard 12 years old. Caoran Reserve was phased out in 2006.
Nose: fruity with earthy and smoky notes, pears, apples, fresh grass, vanilla, toffee and touch of oak.
Palate: peaty with delicate mineral notes, green apples, pears, breakfast cereals, oak and hints of smoke.
Finish: medium long, earthy and dry with distinctive smokiness.