Thanks to Amir for the sample. This is the oldest farclas I’ve ever tried, which is odd because interestingly their older expressions are surprisingly affordable. As always this one is matured in sherry casks, will be interesting to see what so much age does to the usually very malty profile of this one.
Aged 25 years. 43%ABV. No colourant added.
Nose: Marmalade. Quince jam. Vanilla pudding. Rich aromatic wood, sandalwood, cedar. French toast with cinnamon. Seville oranges.
Palate: Citrus, jam and butter up front. Then some very dry wood and vanilla. Then eases into some bitter coffee and liquorice pastels on the swallow.
Finish: Medium-long. Dry. That dark chocolate with the orange peel in it. Amaretto.Bitter cacao powder. Bit of lingering saltiness.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Not a sherry bomb or a wood bomb, and not the most complex dram for its age, but so very well put together. It was very smooth, not in the goes-down-easily way but in the buttery, creamy way and full of some really lovely jammy notes. It’s also priced along with many distilleries’ 18 year old expressions and for that price you’re getting something really solid here.