At the beginning of December, we got a number of requests for Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, which was being released in Europe to much hoopla. At that time the information we were getting was that none was going to be released to the US. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes (or in this case the whisky rising from the collapsed warehouses) it turns out our information was not accurate. We are pleased to announce that Binny’s will be receiving an allotment of Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix.
For those who don’t know about this bottling: in December 2009 and January of 2010 much of Scotland was absolutely pounded by a massive snow storm, especially concentrated in the Speyside whisky making region. This storm was followed by extremely cold temperatures which turned the snow into ice and collapsed the roofs of many building in the area. A number of whisky aging warehouses collapsed because they weren’t built to withstand this once in a century occurence, including several at Glenfiddich. To pay memory to this crisis and the swift reaction of those employees of the distillery who had to clean up the mess, Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman created this bottling using casks of varying ages, both ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, that were exposed to the weather. Further inspired by the lifesaving work performed by the regional Cairgorn Mountain Rescue Team helping the local citizens, Brian involved them in the creation of the bottling and the distillery made a donation for their efforts.
Preliminary tasting notes indicate this is a classic Glenfiddich, all apple, pear, honey, light chocolate and hints of sherry spice. Snow Phoenix is bottled at 47.6% abv and will retail for $89.99/750ml.