Do you remember that magical time, many years gone, when we could travel the world and go to whisky festivals and events? Do you remember the hubbub of many people filling a room with their whisky-fuelled banter? Do you remember the sound of lip-smacking-good whisky being consumed in great quantities by the multitude?
I do. I remember those times. And I look back on them with sick envy. I didn’t know how good I had it.
And now I sit alone with my hoard of whisky. And I drink it alone. In the dark. Bitterly contemplating the end time that crept up on us like a tiger out of the grass.
Anywho, this is a review from the end of 2018 at a German whisky festival.
Aberfeldy 1993 Gordon & MacPhail 58.8%
Nose: Dark, fruity and sweet. Blackberry, Cassis, black cherry, a touch of singed heather, ethereal spirit lightening everything nicely, black pepper and red apple.
Water: Opens up with more Sherry and oak, more sweetness.
Taste: So soft on the arrival, fruity and sweet, blackberry, beautiful brown sugar, then more oak and Sherry as it develops. Black cherry, amazing oily mouthfeel.
Water: Lovely. More oak, leather and orange.
Finish: Long length. Lovely. More Sherry here with raisin, chocolate, heather and some ginger spice.
Bottled 2018 from a 1st fill Sherry puncheon at 25yo. I'm sorry, did you say Glenfarlcas from a Port cask? Interesting style of Sherry. Always a pleasure to taste something from my birth year and this one was great, though if I remember right, the price was quite high.
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