This week's review focuses on an expression of Glenfarclas which was originally a part of the core range, but was recently transformed into a limited release due to the demand far outstripping supply capabilities.
This impressive expression was matured for 40 years in a variety of sherry hogsheads and butts before being vatted together and released at a standard abv of 46% by the distillery.
So, let's dive right into the review!
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old (46% abv)
Nose: Initial entry presents dense sherry coupled with a perfumed and rich aroma redolent with worn leather, red fruits such as apricots, prunes and plums as well as a melange of wood spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Quite weighty on the nose and there is a slight meatiness to it. Cigar leaves, tobacco pouch, demerara sugar as well as faint hints of acetone and creosote emerge later on.
Palate: Initial entry presents more of the rich and perfumed sherried notes followed by some meaty and savoury hints, wood spice, red fruits and tobacco pouch. With time, hints of green cigar leaves, slightly bitter oak, acetone and demerara sugar emerge. With time, the oak becomes more pronounced.
Finish: Long and lingering on the finish, with vestigial hints of the wood spices, oak, cigar leaves and some sherry combining rather well to bring things to a close.
Balance: A rather well-balanced dram which showcases the prowess of an uber aged Glenfarclas. The mouthfeel is initially rather oily but becomes rather drying over time.
This expression of Glenfarclas is available for purchase at selected online retailers and is becoming increasingly difficult to come by, so please keep an eye out for it as it is surely something worth savouring!
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