Dec 15, 2014

Glenfarclas 15yo...

Glenfarclas 15yo (46.0%): Another whisky from last week's sherry matured Scotch whiskies line-up Dave Russo put together for us. That night this bottle was my clear favorite among all of the drams we tasted and I saved a sample bottle to bring back home to taste for a review. Let's see how I will feel after spending a little more time with it. So far I know (sadly) 15yo Glenfarclas is not offered as a part of the distillery's portfolio here in the States but in Europe. Color: Rich amber, clear orange blossom honey. Nose: Spearmint Altoids, rose water and clover honey cookies. Light peat, sticky toffee pudding and muscovado sugar. Adding water brings up more floral notes: Honeysuckle and hyacinths. Palate: Dry sherry, allspice and shortbread cookies. Toasted oak, roasted almonds and charcoal barbecue. We lost the texture a little bit with water but it's kind of worth it: Dry black garden soil, malt, fresh walnuts and peat. Finish: Long(ish) with melted butter, sugar cookie dough, soot and crystallized ginger. Overall: Yummy dram.... Exactly how I remembered. Not soaked in sherry and not super sweet. Incredibly balanced with equal amount of fruity and floral notes. It is a doughy and malty whisky finished with hint of salt and peat sprinkles. I deeply appreciate sherry finished whiskies like this: dry, still vibrant and exciting. Highly recommended, especially to European readers who actually can find this bottle around. Thanks to Dave Russo for the sample.