Single Cask Nation Glenfarclas 9yo (59.5%): One of Single Cask Nations's popular releases from last year... It is a marriage of two Oloroso hogsheads (hence the crossed out "single" on the label) one being a first fill and the second being a refill. Both casks were filled in November 2008 and bottled in December 2017 yielding a total of 562 bottles.
Color: Dark amber, chestnut honey, with very faint and incredibly thin legs. Looks like lacing...
Nose: Textbook sherry matured Scotch whisky: Dried sour cherries, cherry pie and fruit cake. Old leather upholstery, hardwood furniture and old rum. Dried figs, roasted hazelnut and cherry coke... Is this really nine years old..? Utterly impressive...
Palate: Hot at cask strength but so satisfying nevertheless... Hot spiced chocolate, birch beer and molasses. Bitter chocolate bars and the wool scarf you wrap around your mouth on a snowy day. Dry, chewy and warming. After a few drops of water: Red pepper flakes, wet cardboard and oak. Pine sap, cinnamon, fig paste and glazed red cherries.
Finish: Long and dry... Hardwood, grape seeds, cloves and nutmeg.
Overall: Wowza... There is no way anyone would guess this being a nine year old whisky in a blind tasting. It is dense, chewy and beautifully spicy. It is a fruit cake in a glass... All kind of dried fruits, sweet spices, touch of pepper and chocolate. It's like it's Christmas again. Don't know how long I am going to be able to save this bottle. Great job guys..!