The Glenfiddich Highball: bringing back the spirit of summer

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Glenfiddich introduces the Glenfiddich Highball, with a sharp sweetness and a crisp edge that signals the transition from day to night. Inspired by the classic highball pairing of pairing whisky with soda – a combination first explored in 1890 – the long serve pairs Glenfiddich 12 YO with a premium soda and a lemon twist. The result is a drink that is cool and light on the palate, with the distinctive taste of Glenfiddich’s award-winning single malt.

The Glenfiddich Highball was created by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman, taking inspiration from a group of the whisky world’s most exciting creators, with each giving their unique perspective on how the serve could be adapted to reflect fit individual preference. Drinks entrepreneur Tristan Stephenson, owner of award-winning whisky bar, Black Rock, Stu Bale, founder of The Crucible experimental cocktail kitchen and Lulu Fedi, Head Bartender at The American Bar, Gleneagles and Fever-Tree ambassador Craig Harper have all offered their take on how to create individual twists on a classic serve.

To take the Highball a stage further, Glenfiddich has collaborated with some of the most influential whisky experts and bartenders from around the world, who have each created their own twist on the classic. From fruit infusions to aromatic honeyed barley, the unique creations have been designed to bring out the whisky notes and compliment the classic Highball.

Lulu Fedi, ‘Fields of Gold’

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, honeyed barley coffee, soda water & lemon peel. As head bartender at The American Bar, within one of Scotland’s most iconic hotels – Gleneagles, Lulu Fedi has quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s leading lights in the cocktail world by winning several bartending competitions and putting her mark on the UK drinks industry.

Lulu Fedi, ‘Fields of Gold’ Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, honeyed barley coffee, soda water & lemon peel.

“I love the Highball’s elegance and simplicity and its refreshing taste. Glenfiddich 12 works perfectly in a Highball because of its smooth taste with notes of vanilla and honey and the perfectly golden colour adds a nice ray of sunshine into the glass. For my highball I decided to focus on the Glenfiddich taste in notes. The honey mixed together with the barley coffee highlights the honey and vanilla notes of the whisky itself and then at the end, a nice citrus twist brings it all together.”

Tristan Stephenson, ‘One Green Bottle’

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, fennel tea, cloudy apple, cucumber juice, soda water & apple garnish. At only 35 years old, Tristan Stephenson is a true drinks entrepreneur. Owning several bars and restaurants, including award winning whisky bar, Black Rock, Tristan know the industry inside out.

Tristan Stephenson, ‘One Green Bottle’ Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, fennel tea, cloudy apple, cucumber juice, soda water & apple garnish.

“All of the ingredients in One Green Bottle are flavours that we associate with greenness and freshness. Fennell, apple and cucumber create this trinity of ingredients that are quite delicious and it pairs really well with Glenfiddich 12 because you’ve got that fruity characteristic in there as well.”

Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman adds: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with such talented drinks experts to create Glenfiddich Highball. They’ve shared such fun, unexpected twists on the classic serve for today’s drinker which has shown just how versatile Glenfiddich 12 YO is, and the serve really does bring its complexity and character to drinks of all kinds.”

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