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Glenfarclas '105'

Bottle Shock in a good way

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

24th Feb 2013


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Glenfarclas 105 is cask strength and I have to say that drinking it without water was a bad experience. I always test my cask strengths without water first. Every now and then there's cask strength that tastes good without water, like for me, Big Peat's cask strength. But Glenfarclas 105 tasted horrible.

After some help from my sherry whisky loving friends, I got to taste a rather decent sherry whisky with added water. The key factors were not to but too much of it (of course) and to leave it alone for 15-20 minutes.

This time my movie reference is there just because it was a bit of positive shock, that this was so nicely and mildly sherry like. I liked it as much as I can like a sherry influenced whisky. Bottle Shock the movie tells a story of putting American wine to the map, so it has no relation for Glenfarclas 105 whatsoever.

Nose: Sherry and oak with apples.

Taste: I'm not a fan of sherry bomb whiskies so I was delighted that this had a smooth sherry taste. Mildly spicy fruits and raisins.

Finish: After water has been added and it's been left for 15 minutes to open up, the finish gets very smooth and nice. I'd say it's medium in length. Spicy, oily and fruity.

Balance: This was ok for my taste so it must be good for sherry diggers. Well balanced with taste and finish being the best parts. Just not my type of whisky to get 80+ points.

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