Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
American Oak & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
47.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34U49890501, L34U49891512
Added on
20 Nov 2010 11:49 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 700.55

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395 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.96 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.

    • 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. Dieter_W scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  5. Toto0808 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior


  6. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      73 73

  9. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A faultless whisky but just a tad too basic
    • Nose
      85 85
      Big vanilla notes backed up by new oak, think ice pop sticks. Dollop of thick honey with some prickly spice. Alcohol quite dominant. With time gentle hints of green apple appear.
      Water takes away the bite and leaves the rest.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Big honey on the palate, still some oak bit a little older than the nose. Quite a lot of spice, big and powerful with a touch of lemon citrus.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short on lemons and new oak.
      With water the finish gains a bitter oak note.


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