Kuala Lumpur, 25 October 2022 – Glenfiddich announces the launch of its Time Re:Imagined series in Malaysia. This remarkable collection, comprising exclusive 50, 40 and 30-Year-Old single malt whiskies, marks the height of Glenfiddich’s achievement in whisky and is the pinnacle of Glenfiddich’s signature distillery style.
Going beyond the appreciation of age, each single malt whisky within the Time Re:Imagined Collection is a manifestation of a moment in time. Matured over decades and developing a richness and depth of flavour that is rarely encountered, Glenfiddich redefines the reality of what single malt whisky can be.
Reimagine Time that gloriously bridges the past with the present
Since the 1960s, just three Malt Masters have been at the helm, overseeing the patient development of these rare and precious casks. The rarest within this highly sought-after collection is the 50 Year Old; a stunning portrayal of Simultaneous Time, exploring the parallel and complex conditions and effects that have influenced this refined liquid. The 40 Year Old represents Cumulative Time, drawing attention to the layers of accumulated flavour within its liquid, made possible via the remnant vatting process first pioneered by Glenfiddich. Completing the collection is the 30 Year Old, embodying the concept of Suspended Time: the moment when the Malt Master suspends the development of the whisky, showcasing the purest expression of the distiller’s character.
Presented in a unique casing of bespoke artwork, the striking outer packaging created for all three whiskies visually deconstructs and proudly brings to life these articulations of time in spectacular form, telling their stories through maverick and disruptive design techniques. The perfect counterpoint to these whiskies that have been maturing quietly and evolving in Speyside, Scotland, through the decades. Now, these single malts have reached the zenith of their maturity and are finally ready for release.
50 Year Old
The Glenfiddich 50-Year-Old liquid takes whiskies from three different American Oak refill casks, all matured in the same warehouse before being married together and finished in an American oak refill cask for two years. There are only 220 decanters of this precious liquid in this release across the globe, making it an extremely rare and sought-after collector’s item.
Many factors affect whisky maturing in the cask, including climatic conditions: Air pressure, temperature and humidity. The nature of maturation changes with these conditions. Hot summers speed up the maturation process and cold winters slow it down – dramatically affecting the outcome of the liquid. These climatic conditions are unique to that time and day, they can never be replicated. The development of the oak character, in combination with these climatic conditions, gives the whisky its unique taste.
The outer casing is an artistic representation of the climatic data that created this extraordinary whisky. Manuel Jimenez García, a computational architect, decrypted the meteorological data into an algorithm, and generated a physical design language to build the structure’s bespoke form bringing life to every second of every day, of every month of those fifty years.
40 Year Old
The Glenfiddich 40-Year-Old is a bold, maverick representation of remnant vatting, a pioneering process where the remnants of the previous batch are carried over each time, and married with the casks selected for each subsequent release. Glenfiddich is the only distillery that uses the remnant vatting process, and this accumulation of flavours over time adds complexity to the taste.
Just as the 40-Year-Old is composed of layers of flavours that transform, the outer packaging design brings this to life with a bold and maverick take on a geological metamorphosis. The decanter is housed in a stunning sculptural container and stopper made from jesmonite, a material with individual characteristics that render every piece completely unique. Featuring dramatic grooves carved into this innovative stone-like material that expose the intertwining veins which flow through it, each totally random and different from any other, the result is a spectacular vessel which truly embodies the evolution of one thing becoming another.
30 Year Old
The Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old depicts the moment when Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, suspends the whisky’s maturation to bottle it, capturing the whisky at the precise moment in time, a perfect expression, preserved for all eternity.
The outer packaging design evokes this moment through moving ribbons, each one frozen in time to form elegant cut-out windows, revealing the regal decanter inside. With the moment of maturation captured in all its splendour, the dynamic lines and complex structure create an illusion that the bottle is suspended effortlessly, in mid-air, suspended in time.
Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master, says: “In whisky production, we often talk about the role of Malt Masters and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask. But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing. Both nature and time play huge roles in making whisky taste like it does and Glenfiddich’s Time Re:Imagined collection pays homage to this process and the exquisite liquid it helps to create.”
Will Peacock, Head of Luxury at William Grant & Sons says: “William Grant, the visionary founder of Glenfiddich, had a dream to create the best dram in the valley. A perfect illustration of that aspiration, the Time Re:Imagined series crowns the Glenfiddich range with three exceptional liquids that celebrate the very heights of our distillery. Decades in the making, the collection pays tribute to the unpredictable nature of time as each expression captures a fleeting moment in time which bridges the past with the present, bottled in a distinctive decanter that beautifully tell the stories of these single malts.”
Bottles within the Time Re:Imagined collection will be available in Malaysia in December.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
30 Year Old – Tasting notes
Colour – Rich bronze
Nose – An exquisitely structured balance of hearty oak married with sweet, subtle sherry notes.
Taste – Deep, woody flavours interlaced with delicate floral accents, in a complex combination.
Finish – Warm, honeyed and exceptionally long-lasting.
40 Year Old – Tasting notes
Colour – Dark mahogany
Nose – A deeply layered expression of dried fruits, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and ripe black
cherries. Completed with subtle waves of gentle wood smoke, polished leather and cloves.
Taste – A luxuriously full and silky smooth taste, with memories of past releases in every nuanced note. Evolving from deep dried fruit notes to rich fruitcake, dates, raisins and stewed apples, before giving way to dry oaky notes, with subtle hints of bitter chocolate and peat.
Finish – Complex, memorable, and exquisitely long-lasting.
50 Year Old – Tasting notes
Colour – Antique gold
Nose – Rich orange peel and clementine meet complex notes of Madeira cake and muscovado sugar. Maturing over time into the dewy petrichor of a Dufftown morning, mingling with flowering geranium.
Taste – A lingering sweetness softens into deep, silky smooth oak tannin and sun-dried vanilla.
Finish – Oaky, sweet and incredibly long lasting.