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Glenfarclas Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire,
AB37 9BD, Scotland
Endlessly dark and wintery. Espresso and dark bitter chocolate make a powerful first impression, alongside notes of tart blackberry and gooseberries. Rich spices appear as the whisky wakes up: cloves and nutmeg with some candied orange sweetness balancing a slight astringency.
More citrus notes, especially cloves in oranges, appear alongside the darker sherried fruits, and heavy Christmas spices weigh down the already robust palate.
An astounding, long finish that is a journey of flavours in itself. Bitter cocoa nibs, old leather and a leafy green edge lead to tobacco and cigar smoke trailing behind.
Like entering your favourite sweet shop. Treacle toffee pudding with floral aromas after the whisky has had some time to breathe.
Radiant liquid gold.
An initial dryness but no bitter notes, melted milk chocolate, lots of layers of flavour which can be enjoyed with time.
An assertive finish with hints of sweet oak followed by the renowned Glenfarclas character. Perfectly balanced revealing a sweet sensation, does the sweetness ever end….I don’t think it does!
Caramelised sugar with a hint of dried fruits, raisins and sultanas.
Lovely sweet spice followed by butter shortbread, honey and fruitcake.
Long and very fresh, usually you would expect some dryness but this whisky is showing no signs of the 48 years it has been maturing in warehouse Number 1, a great example from one of our finest sherry casks.
The nose presents luscious clean sherry notes, surrounded by dark Seville orange peel, fruit cake, grapefruit, light Java coffee along with touches of mahogany.
Given time, rich dark chocolate is intertwined with a fresh rose petal bouquet with a touch of waxiness.
Rich mahogany, cinnamon and sherry notes sprinkled with milk chocolate are delivered on the palate leading to a long clean warming sherry, light smoke and dark chocolate finish.