Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
Glenfiddich // Speyside, Scotland
In 2010, a snowstorm damaged one of the Glenfiddich warehouses, exposing precious barrels to harsh, cold temperatures and the night sky. A photo taken of the collapsed roof with light shining though served as inspiration for Master Distiller, Brian Kinsman, to create a special no-age statement whisky using those barrels. Snow Phoenix is a marriage of select, non-chill-filtered American oak and Oloroso sherry casks of various ages. They dedicated this expression to the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, a volunteer-run organization in Speyside.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask TypeAmerican Oak and Oloroso Sherry
"Pear drops, dried fruits, raisins, honey and something almost syrupy at first sniff. A rich and fruity nose which must be hiding some more secrets. As soon as the spirit flows onto the palate, those secrets are unveiled, with notes of bitter orange, chocolate, dried fruits, sultanas and loads of fruits. Juicy and Spicy. The finish brings in some wine tannins and pleasant wood smoke."