Sunday, January 9, 2011
Eventually, you may begin to appreciate a dram of Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, but respect may take a few sips. That is my experience, because there is something that works. If I were to score it by nose, taste, body and finish, then its at 87 points based upon N21, T22, B23, F21. I will explain in a moment, but first the history.
Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix was developed and released after several Glenfiddich Cask Warehouses had roofs destroyed from snow damage. Many casks within these warehouses had to be blended in order to avoid serious loss. As a result, Snow Phoenix arose as the no age statement blend of a variety of these casks of varying ages. Perhaps, someone knows whether any casks in the blend exceed fifteen years. I understood otherwise. It is now being sold in the U.S.
A number of Glenfiddich Dinners at The Palm Restaurant featured Snow Phoenix. This expression was a temptation due to respect for Glenfiddich and its unfortunate loss. I liked the way it turned a mess into a money maker. The price was worth taking a risk.
After U.S. Distribution delays, the introduction, and a few questionable comments from some single malt bloggers, among other internet acquaintances, I 'too quickly' labeled it 'snow penis.' This was prompted upon the what seemed like marketing overdrive and a desire to challenge it. The first sip was not it. It did not help to view comments by other experienced imbibers. In the end, the dram was well above average. Although the snow god may have screwed with Glenfiddich, these whisky lords rose up and threw back a bunsen that does not burn given the market and limitations!
I like the primarily sherry nose, get almonds, enjoyed the body, but the finish, well. The mouth feel for me became better as I sipped a bit. It is unique and takes over in a friendly, yet pronounced Glenfiddich way. I don't think that scoring on one sip will work for me. After two to three, I get it.
Posted by lafew at 9:39 PM