I was invited to attend a private event by Glenfiddich hosted at the Olive Beach in Bangalore for the launch of their cocktails reimagined, created with the Glenfiddich 12, 15, 18 and 21-year old single malts.
India’s well known mixologist Yangdup Lama has carefully crafted cocktails with flavours that challenge the traditional whiskey palate.
And traditional I’m. I always love a dram of Scotch neat or with a cube of ice. But cocktails? Well, It’s the best way to develop a taste for Glenfiddich’S single malt whisky collection.
GLENFIDDICH COCKTAILS REIMAGINED
Ingredients– The Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is combined with Figs, Ginger juice and lime juice.
Palate– The fig puree complements the sweetness of the malt. Spicy and citrus due to the presence of ginger and lemon juice.
Notes – Figs are calcium abundant and brings out a concentrated sweetness to the drink.
NUTTY ROB ROY
Ingredients– The 15 Year Old Single Malt is combined with Kashmiri walnuts, palm sugar and black pepper cordial.
Palate – The sweetness actually enhances the taste of the 15 year old.
Notes – The flavour and aroma of Kashmiri walnuts are so unique and delicious that the taste of the cocktail easily finds a way into your heart.
Ingredients– The Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is combined with premium coffee from Gung Giri estate, orange oils, cinnamon, spice and caramel.
Palate– With each sip I could taste the tangerine sweetness with the aromas of the coffee swirling under my nose.
Notes– It is the Arab connection that led to the birth of coffee estates in Chikmagalur, 400 years ago.
Ingredients– The Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is combined with the bay leaf from Assam and cinnamon from Kerala.
Palate– A spicy drink highlighted by the cinnamon.
Notes– Bay leaf comes with a mix of taste – clove, pepper, eucalyptus and a bitterness that tastes woody.
DARJEELING MAIL OLD FASHIONED
Ingredients– The Glenfiddich 18 Year Old is combined with the Darjeeling Castleton Muscatel extract.
Palate – The taste of the cocktail changes with every sip. Features mellow notes of grape, largely smooth, well bodied and ample in the mouth. The fruity taste makes for a delightful expression.
Notes – Castleton is the original home of the muscatel, and every year, all eyes are on it to see if the tea meets expectations
Ingredients– The Rs.20,000 Glenfiddich 21 Year Old is combined with Silver Tips Full-moon Tea, Nasturtium Orange ice cube to compliment the peppery finish.
Palate– The peppery taste adds a new flavour to the 21-year-old Single Malt and I had to work with each sip to relish the taste.
Notes – Silver Tips Full-moon Tea is plucked a minute short of 3 hours to a full-moon night every year.
Would I personally order Glenfiddich cocktails in a bar? Probably not, unless I’m enveloped in the right ambience and company. American whiskeys are always preferred for preparing cocktails, however Yandup Lama’s work with Glenfiddich scotch is commendable and should be served during occasions like marriage, Holi or Diwali celebrations.