Glenfarclas 15 Year old
Brilliant after dinner whisky!
24th Dec 2009
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Tasting Notes by jdcook
My lovely wife purchased me 4 separate malts for Christmas, and finally relented allowing me to access them as of today (Christmas Eve). This is the first, it came in an impressive open faced box with small taster bottles of the Glenfarclas 21 and 25 year old (so reviews of them to follow, along with the other three drams, over the coming days).
The nose is warm, with pine nuts, glace cherries, heather, just a hint of smoke, and heavy vanilla fruitiness. There is more than a hint of Christmas Cake about this one. With a few drops, the heather strengthens, and a honey, nutty note comes through to complement the rich fruit cake smell.
The taste is warm and rich, full of cherries, raisins, a hint of chocolate. Further sips reveal a hint of grains and a touch of spice. There is a lot going on here, and every sip emphasises something different. Very engaging.
The finish is warm, sweet, still full of dried fruit gently balanced by a mild spiciness, and so thick it is almost buttery or creamy. It's strong and embracing.
This is a genuinely warm sweet after-dessert whisky. On a cold night after warm pudding, it would be divine. Even in the Aussie summer, this dram hits the nail square on the head.