Dram of the Day – Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
If you read any sort of whisky media at all you will know all about Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix and the story behind its creation. Excited chatter has erupted on various blogs and forums so I won’t repeat what’s available elsewhere but essentially this is a vatting of casks from the warehouse that was damaged by snow earlier this year. What better way to deal with a bunch of homeless casks than to give them new homes in a limited bottling.
I had my first chance to try this yesterday, thanks to UK Brand Ambassador Jamie Milne, and I can happily report that it lives up to the hype. This is exactly what I had hoped for in a Glenfiddich. I knew they could do it and I remember now when discussing this type of bottling with Jamie at a Glasgow’s Whisky Club tasting earlier in the year he had alluded to Snow Phoenix when we all raved about the 7yo cask sample that he had brought that night. The sample, for many, had outshone all the other malts on tasting. Here’s my thoughts in a previous post.
It is pretty much sold out, although if you seek you shall find. There are more bottles on the way but not an awful lot and once it’s gone it’s gone. And no wonder it’s going: a 47.6%, unchill-filtered and uncoloured Glenfiddich with malts from 13yo-30yo in the mix for fifty quid. Thankfully the company decided to put this out at a drinking price and not a ‘tuck away in the pension fund as it’s too expensive to open’ price. Bravo!
On the nose there’s the classic Glenfiddich note of apples with a more rich and evolving palate and finish. There’s lovely fruit and spices and a very moreish and satisfying feeling as it goes down, whilst the temperature plummets below zero outside.
Let’s hope this is the start of more regular expressions like this from the distillery to keep us anoraks happy. Now, where’s that Glenlivet A’Bunadh…
Edit: I forgot to mention that after this I tried the whisky straight from their solera, which you can bottle yourself at the distillery. This too was top-notch stuff and I heartifly recommend you fill a bottle should you ever find yourself there.