This limited edition bottling of Glenfiddich owes its existence to the collapse of a number of warehouse roofs under the weight of snow a year ago this month. As Master Blender Brian Kinsman explains, "Standing amongst the wreckage and exposed casks, we were working out our next steps and assessing the situation. I was thinking about how the casks, some of which were very old, contained some beautiful whisky and it occurred to me that they would create a fantastic non-aged single malt. A limited edition bottling from the whiskies in the damaged warehouses would be an appropriate way of celebrating the pioneering spirit of the distillery team at this moment in Glenfiddich's history."
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|Glenfiddich, Snow Phoenix (Scotland) |
Snow Phoenix was created by marrying together natural strength and non-chill- filtered casks of different ages and finishes, including American oak and Oloroso Sherry, with ages ranging from 13 to 30 years. The result is a most impressive variant of Glenfiddich, with a sweet nose of vanilla, clotted cream and orchard fruits, plus a faint hint of Sherry. It has a mouth-coating, oily texture, and a complex palate which embraces ripe apples, honey, brown sugar, instant coffee and a suggestion of sweet smoke. The finish is very long, with dry Sherry gradually sweetening under the influence of the various ex-Bourbon wood components.
Snow Phoenix looks set to become a collector’s item, but it is too good a dram to sit on the shelf gathering dust. Buy a bottle and drink it! 47.6% ABV, 70cl, £49.99, specialist whisky merchants.