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Glenfarclas '105'

Fruity Top Whisky

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

8th Dec 2010


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The third Glenfarclas from the core range (after the 10 and 15 year old) is this '105'. The number refers to the fact that it's 'overproof' with an ABV of 60%. The bottle has no age statement, but I've been told it's at least 10 years old. It was first released in 1968, which was something of a milestone as that was the first time ever that a cask strength whisky was released. In 2008 a 40 Year Old version of the '105' was released.

It is no surprise that the nose is very sweet: oloroso sherry, demerara sugar, figs, red berries, toffee and skin of oranges. But it also has something meaty. I get nuts as well. If you wait long enough, you'll get a lot more fruit: apples, pears and even melon! There is a lot going on here.

The nose translates perfectly into taste, with a sharp kick to the roof of the mouth upon delivery (from the high ABV and some chili peppers and ginger). Boy... this is nice. A lot of oak as well, but it never gets bitter.

The finish is warm and long, but dries the mouth completely.

This is a fruity top whisky, to be sure. But I have to admit that - like the Aberlour a'bunadh - I find it a bit too powerful. Adding water is no must, but I would recommend it. Diluting brings out the fruity character with dades and raisins.

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jwise commented

This bottle is on my wishlist. When I finish my Macallan cask strength, this is the replacement I have planned.

10 years ago 0

jwise commented

I just reviewed a 3cl sample of this whisky. I'm glad I got to taste it for a reasonable sample price instead of the full bottle price, as I prefer the A'Bunadh and even the Mac CS much better than the 105.

10 years ago 0

Donough commented

Thanks for the review. I am reminded of port from the nose with all of the fruity and nutty notes.

9 years ago 0

RianC commented

Good review! I've just done one myself on this and your fig and orange peel notes are bang on. As is the toffee.

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Robert99 commented

@markjedi1 I'm glad you've got a good bottle. Glenfarclas is also a top fruity whisky for me and when they keep in check the alcohol it is a great one.

@jwise I also prefer A'bunadh and Mac CS. They are more about darker fruits and dark chocolate. To compare those with Glenfarclas is a bit like comparing dark Christmas fruit cake with golden Christmas fruit cake.

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