Thanks to /u/xile_ for pouring this for me.
I’m not the biggest Glenfiddich fan boy. Yes, the 18 has a special place in my heart, however I’m not constantly hunting down Glenfiddich to try.
That said I have been hunting down Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix. I had a chance to have a pour, however not being the biggest Glenfiddich fan I passed. Snow Phoenix sounded too much like a certain blend set of whiskies that I can pass on.
Suffice to say I’m dumb, and it ran out at that bar quicker than beer at a pretzel fest.
Showed up to a tasting and was told I’d be trying a mystery. I had no idea what it was. Let’s see how it was blind, shall we?
Price: Check an auction
Number of bottles: 12,000
Cask Types: American oak & Oloroso sherry casks
Colour: 7.5Y 8/8
Nose: Honeycrisp apples, cloves, lime floral
Nice apple flavour. Has some more sweetness to it. Granted I’ve been buying honeycrisps more and more, because I deserve it, dammit.
Eventually there’s some spice, and a bit of floral/lime notes. Water helps the later come out, like a good ally, in its own time.
Taste: Malt, papaya, honey, lemon, white chocolate
Wow, nice malt note. Good honey, citrus, and even some creamy/sweet notes.
Finish: Banana, dry apple, cloves, malted chocolate, more cloves
Good rich flavour. Dry, then rich, good malt note, and really ramps up the spice. Because it’s cloves I’m not annoyed by it, because it has a more subtle spice effect, even if there is more than I’d normally like.
Conclusion: Very rich. The sherry casks here ended up adding to the whisky rather than overpowering it like the 15. Frankly, I thought this was totally ex-bourbon and evolved this way.
The nose is where this falls down. I really wanted more to it. It’s complex but not too strong. The rest hits you with good flavours but nothing too overly complex. End of the day this was fun. Here’s hoping more collapses happen and we can get more like this. I for one am cheering on the termites.
Guess: Speyside, 21 year, ex-bourbon, 54%, maybe a Royal Lochnagar?
Actually: Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix
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