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Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

Overall rating
87.19/100
votes
414
Whiskybase ID
WB19148
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2010
Casktype
American Oak & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
47.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34U49890501, L34U49891512
Barcode
5010327335377
Added on
20 Nov 2010 11:49 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 719.72

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414 × member ratings

1813 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.19 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  NAS = Never Accept Stupid marketing!  Due to heavy snowfall (caused by global warming, what else?) the roof of several Glenfiddich warehouses collapsed and damaged some casks that had to be bottled subsequently.  This was all just ordinary Glenfiddich stuff, nothing special.  But then a great marketing genius of Glenfiddich created the story of the "Snow Phoenix" and all of a sudden the ordinary Glenfiddich transformed into something very special worth up to ten times of its original release price today.  I never bought a bottle of this stuff as I generally do not believe into marketing fairytales.  Nevertheless as I have the chance to try a sample today I am quite curious...

    To be honest, this is easy-to-drink Glenfiddich as I drank a lot of comparable Glenfiddich releases before - nothing special about it that is worth any price premium (and by the way, the distillery itself demanded no significant price premium upon its release).  The nose is soft and shy as all Glenfiddich noses.  The mouthfeel is gentle and a little peppery, nothing remarkable about that as well.  And the taste is very sweet with just hints of fruits and chocolate as is the finish of medium length. 

    So why the hell should I pay more than 40-50 Euro for such an ordinary dram - just to believe into the mysterious "Snow Phoenix"?  This is the perfect example of a small-scale self-reinforcing whisky bubble - so everyone with a clear mind can easily extrapolate what this means with respect to the overall whisky bubble that is inflating day by day...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wow. I didn't expect much of it - nice story, but a hyped whisky: how good can it be? But this is indeed a fine dram! Especially the nose is very intriguing… as if it slowly reveals the content of the various casks which went into the whisky. It keeps you discovering through all of its layers, but it remains very sophisticated and gentle - a gentleman's dram. Tasted on 02/04/2017 in a Glenfiddich line-up (WB ID's 76463, 72490, 19148, 86462, 86461, in that order). 
    • Nose
      A lot better! (Than the drams I tasted before this one in the tasting: the GF 12yo and the GF Original, that is.) Banana, apples (the very juicy green ones). Later on more vanilla, shortbread and more sherried tones, oranges as well, icing sugar. 
    • Taste
      Lush, fresh, crisp! Green apples, icing sugar, lots of spiciness with a hint of menthol. Vanilla, and prickly lemon on the tongue. 
    • Finish
      Lingering…. Initially with the lemon, but then spiciness taking over; white pepper with a touch of menthol. 

  3. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An unique whisky created by chance. Undoubtedly, a cracking packaging,
    but a cracking dram as well. A flavourful, inviting nose leads to a
    powerful, round swell on the palate, mellowing into a long, smooth and
    enjoyable finish. Very pleasant, well-balanced, and seductive. A
    dignified and complex single malt.

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    • Nose
      A fine oloroso sherry note with delicate toffee and lingering creamy
      vanilla. This is complemented by a vigorous scent of ripe fruit, apples
      in particular, and luscious stair pear. Subtle heather and blossom honey
      emerge with a gentle touch of nuttiness and a whiff of smoke behind.
      Very aromatic indeed!
    • Taste
      Rich and round. Sweet maltiness with shortbread, lingering custard and
      ripe stewed fruit. Creamy and nicely appetising. Getting spicy with
      gentle candied ginger, white pepper and a touch of charred wood. Heather
      with blossom honey, and a dry note of dark chocolate and subtle smoke
      towards the finish. A succulent pleasure.
    • Finish
      Significantly long. Fruity with luscious green apples. Spicy oak with
      pepper and lingering sherried malt. Creamy vanilla with a gentle smoky
      nutty touch on the tail. Simply wonderful.

      WITH WATER: Water
      emphasizes the fruity proportion of this beauty with more apples coming
      through both on the nose and palate. There's more sweet maltiness with a
      reserved spiciness on the palate. The finish is long and sweet with
      delicate malted barley, and lingering spice.

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a blind tasting. Never would have thought of a Snow Phoenix, for this whisky seems to have turned into a collector's item, not many people willing to open one nowadays.
    So very happy to have had the opportunity to taste this one, a nice powerful dram with a lot of fruity and sweety notes, and sometimes some whiffs of smoke and mustiness. Great dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, with far far away a whiff of smoke. Then a lot of sweetness comes in, powder sugar, and pretty some alcohol noticeable.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and powerful, oily, thick structure. Sweet and fruity, a slight gentle, musty touch. Peach and some caramel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still strong and powerful, pungent, sweet, honey. Some orange, caramel, vanilla. Pretty long, some wood now.

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An exciting whisky to be able to have tasted! Taking into consideration these days prices are outrageous so it was out of reach, until someone wanted to share this in a tasting.
    • Nose
      A pleasant and rich nose. It is closed at first but it does reveal after a while, it just takes a little effort. Floral, perfume-like hints and tropical fruits like ripe banana. Also nutty oloroso sherry influences are there as well as a light whiff of raspberries.
    • Taste
      Well this is a whole different ballgame! As closed as the nose was, that expressive is the palate from the start. Great contrast! I get a lot of warm, spiced rooibos tea, red berries. A lot more heavy and outspoken then the nose might suggest. Spiced honey liquor, apple compote and dry nuttiness like walnut and chestnut.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Lovely sherry cask influences here. It’s giving quite some Arabic spices and again dry nuttiness. It’s also a tad smoky! Not in a peat kind of way but more in like charcoal. Lovely touch!

      Is it worth today’s prices? No. Is it a 100% marketing bottle? Maybe but for it’s original price (around €80) this whisky has a lot to offer and was certainly worth buying back in those days. Lovely dram!

  6. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Starts very much closed off and struggles to come alive, slightly citrussy and some unripe pear, a bit floral, a mild tea note and faint wood spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fuller than the nose, here it's coming alive. Nicely fruity, a bit tropical (leave it in the mouth for pineapple notes to shine through), still some citrus, honey and a clearer wood spiciness with pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium: honey, light fresh fruits, ending on a bit of wood dust, but nicely warming.

  9. Sander79 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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