Always looking for something intuitive, whisky producers Glenfiddich are going to start using Somerset cider brandy barrels to mature their whisky.
Based in Martock, The Somerset Cider Brandy Company has supplied the Glenfiddich with enough barrels to store around 1,800 gallons of whisky. That’s about 18 barrels, or around 18,000 bottles of single malt whisky. These will be used to mature Glenfiddich whisky for around a year before it is distributed and sold.
Glenfiddich and Somerset Cider Brandy
The apples that the Somerset Cider Brandy Company use mostly come from their 170 acres of orchards. They produce about 40 varieties of vintage cider apples.
This is obviously a boost for the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, and it will be an interesting venture between one drink which is typically English and the other which is typically Scottish.
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The cider barrels will be used after they have been matured for most the time in Spanish sherry barrels or American bourbon barrels. The cider brandy barrels will give the single malt whisky flavours of the oak and apples. Which promises to be a unique and interesting taste.