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Glenfarclas, the fiercely independent distillery in Speyside, won a gold medal in the recent Malt Maniac Awards for their 40 Year Old. While I have not yet had the honor of tasting that one, I do have four others in my cabinet, so let's give those a go, shall we? We'll start with the youngest in the current core range: the 10 Year Old.
The nose is very sweet because of the sherry. Malty with quite a bit of heather, caramel, flowers and some honey. Liquorice, maybe? And a touch of smoke.
The sherry immediately translates into dark fruit on the palate, with bown sugar, quite some spices like ginger and cinnamon and even a touch of salt towards the end. Clearly doesn't need any water (which I would not recommend at this strength). Nice balance, I'd say.
The finish is not particularly long, drying and spicy.
Quite an affordable, nice and flawless Speysider.