Glenfiddich 21 YO Reserva Rum Cask Finish is a single malt Scotch whisky from the Speyside region of Scotland. It is one of the oldest single malt distilleries from Scotland, and one of the crown jewels in the William Grant & Sons group of brands.
Other William Grant & Sons single malt distilleries include the Balvenie, and the Kininvie. The Glenfiddich single malt is one of the world’s most popular Scotch whiskies, alongside two other Speyside giants, The Glenlivet and Macallan.
William Grant began the construction of his distillery in 1886, and production began on Christmas day in 1887. The entire operation was a family-run business, and Grant ran it with his sons and daughters. The name Glenfiddich was chosen, and it meant ‘Valley of the Deer’. The name also inspired the brand logo for Glenfiddich, which is a stag’s head.
The copper stills at the Glenfiddich Distillery are shaped in the form of a “swan’s neck”. The shape and size of the copper stills determines the characteristics of the distilled spirit, and thus this is an important part of what gives the Glenfiddich spirit its unique identity like most Scotch whiskies. Other distilleries in the region such as The Glenlivet
During Prohibition, William Grant’s grandson, Grant Gordon was in charge of the Glenlivet distillery. He doubled down on production of spirit even as many distilleries around Scotland were forced to shut their doors, either temporarily or forever. Only six distilleries in Scotland continued to operate during this period, and Glenfiddich was one of them along with The Glenlivet, another Speyside giant. This move was carried out with anticipation of increased demand after Prohibition was eventually repealed.
The gamble paid off, and Glenfiddich was one of the few distilleries left with a vast stock of their Scotch whisky at hand to quench the post-Prohibition appetite of American whisky drinkers.
Hans Schleger was the man responsible for designing the iconic Glenfiddich whisky bottle. This bottle was put into circulation in 1961, and has since been in use since then. The Glenfiddich Distillery completed its centenary anniversary in 1987, and by then it was one of the Speyside’s most successful whisky distilleries.
The Glenfiddich Distillery is still a family owned facility, and forms a part of the William Grant & Sons firm. The conglomerate is under the ownership of the fifth generation of Grant family descendants.
Other William Grant & Sons distilleries include the Balvenie, Ailsa Bay and Kininvie single malt distilleries, and the Girvan grain whisky distillery in Scotland. They also own the Tullamore Distillery in Ireland which produces the Tullamore D.E.W. brand of Irish whiskeys.
The Glenfiddich 21 YO Reserva Rum Cask Finish was first introduced in 2002, and has since undergone name changes on two separate occasions. It was first labelled the ‘Havana Reserve’ which led to some trouble with authorities in the United States. This name was then changed to Gran Reserva before an eventual final change in 2016 as part of the brand’s overall redesign.
Thus the name Reserve Rum Cask Finish was chosen for the Glenfiddich 21 YO. The whisky is matured for 21 years as the name suggests, and spends nearly four months in hand-selected Gran Reserva rum barrels from the Caribbean.
The Glenfiddich 21 YO Reserva Rum Cask Finish is bottled at 40$ ABV, the standard limit for Scotch whiskies.
Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2019
Gold Medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in 2019
Orchard fruits, spice and sweet honey with a hint of orange zest
Great mouthfeel. Sweetness and spicy balance with some vanilla, butterscotch and oak
Long with a residual orange aftertaste