A big Sherried beast today. Glenfarlcas 105. Glenfarclas, of course, is the traditional, direct firing, Sherry cask maturing, independent distillery, thinking about the long term. Great age statement range, with the older stuff at reasonable prices still.
I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of Glenfarclas, as I tend to prefer Glendronach but I’ve tasted quite a few now and they’ve definitely got a different style.
I’m visiting the distillery later in May and doing the Generations tasting, which will be epic. Really looking forward to it.
Oh, this is the high strength/cask strength version that has appeared as an NAS and with an age statement of 10 years. This one was one of the latter.
Glenfarclas 105 10 year old 60%
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Sweet sherry and sharp alcohol, raisin, date, sweet syrup and thick honey, a little clove.
Water: Still quite sharp. More clove with dark and milk chocolate coming out. Christmas cake with spice. A 'green' oaky note.
Taste: Sharp, assertive, very sweet, loads of sherry and brown sugar, alcohol taking over, then receding with drying sweetness and lots of oaky spice.
Water: More soft and a little creamy, still quite strong spicy clove and oak.
Finish: Long length. Sweet brown sugar and sherry.
Water: Rough oak spice.
Wahh! What a beast. Unbalanced but an honest, straightforward dram. Sherry and spirit influence a little inseperable. I think I prefer Aberlour A’Bunadh in the end as something a little less harsh.
Thanks for reading!
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