Sample received via /r/Scotchswap on reddit from /u/bieliebielie (Thanks!)
Now that I’m done writing about my Islay trip I have a good deal of samples and notes that need to get written down. This one was received as part of a swap I did last month. It’s one of those whiskies that is very iconic, and everyone talks about/recommends, but I’ve never really gotten around to tasting it.
It’s a “cask strength” (the batches are all bottled at exactly 60%, so really just high ABV) sherry bomb from Glenfarclas. I don’t really like their profile all that much (although I’ve really liked some of their very matured expressions), but they really do make good quality stuff and are usually fairly priced as well, so I was still very excited to try this one.
Aged 10 years. 60% ABV. No Colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Very jammy. Wet leaves. Sandalwood. Light fruit syrup. Peanut brittle. Raisins. Ginger. Sharp woodspice. With water a huge cinnamon not develops along with a lot more raisins.
Palate: Very oily. Thick jam. Woodglue. Bitter olives. Cinnamon. With water the bitter notes become more pronounced, along with some stronger sherry tastes and spices.
Finish: Long. Cinnamon. Bitter wood. Thick, oily fruits and slight dry, nutty sherry flair at the end.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No (purely a matter of personal taste though)
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
It still has that funky Glenfarclas note to it, but I have to give credit where credit’s due, the high ABV really gives a huge flavour delivery with a lot of really intense sherry notes. Fantastic stuff and really affordable too.