June 2011 Archives
The top seed, J&B, crashes out in the semi's to Grant's Sherry Cask while the Black Grouse makes another open and shut case, dropping the gavel on Grant's Family Reserve.
Just in time for Father's day, William Grant & Sons are delivering their latest limited edition to the LCBO. The Snow Phoenix does not tread lightly, it is elegantly packaged, priced to sell ($90) and higher abv than Glenfiddich's typical product. What you'll find is that this adversity-inspired and non-chill filtered dram is truly unique.
Due to record-breaking snowfall in January 2010, Glenfiddich had a number of warehouse roofs collapse onto their maturing casks and exposing them to the winter air. An image taken of the collapse depicted an angelic figure of light shining into the warehouse that was ultimately responsible for the Snow Phoenix name.
This light gold liquid is composed of a variety of casks up to 30 years matured in American oak and Oloroso sherry barrels from the affected warehouses. Its creator, Brian Kinsman, sat with us and spoke to this whisky being a tribute to the pioneering spirit of Glenfiddich, taking a potentially tragic event and making a positive of it.
May 14th was a dreary spring evening, but the whisky lovers in Toronto were inside Roy Thomson Hall warming their gullets with their favourite dram. Needless to say, ScotchBlog had to be there to take it all in, and we did just that. Arriving to a huddled throng eagerly awaiting the opening of the doors helped to build a palpable excitement for entry.
With a middle of the road price of $56.50 and being one of the main components of Chivas Regal, we hoped that this scotch held some potential. Unfortunately like a child that cannot make up its mind, this whisky jumps from good to bad and then back to good, unable to decide where it stands.