Snow Phoenix has arisen out of an episode of drama in the long history of Glenfiddich. It all began in December 2009 when it started to snow and kept snowing for several months. After weeks of record low temperatures and alternate freezing and thawing there were four feet of densely compacted snow on the distillery roofs. The Glenfiddich Malt Master selected a number of casks from the snow damaged warehouse, some of these had previously held Oloroso sherry and others were traditional whisky casks made of American oak.
On the evening of Thursday 7th January, in the most remote part of the snow covered distillery, some of the warehouse roofs collapsed, ripped open by the sheer weight of snow, leaving maturing oak casks of Glenfiddich exposed to the winter sky. It was as if some of the distillery angels had finished their share and had come back looking for more. Snow Phoenix is an assembly of stocks risen from a catastrophe, a marriage of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whiskies of different ages and finishes with the strength brought to 47.6% abv by the addition of the distillery's Robbie Dhu spring water. It has not been chill filtered. A limited edition bottling, one of a kind and will only be bottled and released in 2010
Gold with bright copper highlights. Creamy vanilla aromas mingle with vibrant notes of apple and pear, the whole complimented by the scent of fresh blossom. This is Glenfiddich in the wild, apples roasted in the embers of a campfire, sweetened with heather honey and accompanied by a piece of chocolate, rich and complex with a whiff of burned sugar, coffee and woodsmoke. An exceptionally long finish, austere sherry notes mellow into a satisfying sweetness