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Glenfarclas '105'

105 vs A'bunadh

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RReview by @Rigmorole

22nd Aug 2013


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Tasted both Glenfarclas 105 and Aberlour A'bunadh recently. I favor the 105. My rating below is for the 105. I think someone who really likes bourbon would favor the A'bunadh. That's not me. I like scotch far more than bourbon. I also tasted the Glendronach 15 Revival for the first time. It's not as good as I thought it would be.

Frankly, I found all three of the aforementioned scotches lacked sophistication. I would gladly take a glass of Springbank 12 Claret wood over all three.

That's not to say I don't like the "triumvirate of sweet" that I mentioned upon opening this review. I do like them all, I just wasn't blown away by any of them. As for the Claret wood, well, frankly I was blown away by that one. A cut above, to be sure, and well priced when it was available for purchase.

I'm too overheated from the hot weather and tired to write up tasting notes today. I hope you all are having a nice summer. Time for a nap.

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Rigmorole commented

I think the 105 is underrated on this site; likewise, I find the A'bunadh to be overrated on this site.

105 is a match made in heaven to vat with Glenfarclas 12. Try it! You won't be disappointed! Experiment until you suit the blend to your taste. The end result is nothing less than stellar, IMO. You can stretch out the 105, with room to spare, on three bottles of "souped up" 12 Year. Kind of like turbo charging your Jetta. Don't knock it, until you've "driven it," so to speak.

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Sounds like you like drier wine finished malts. You sir, ought to consider Bladnoch 10 year old 55% sherry cask matured scotch. No caramel, no filtering..... Dry sherry. Go for it

7 years ago 0

wtrstrnghlt commented

You Sir, just made me buy a bottle of 105. I hope you're proud of yourself.

Planning to open it soon to compare it to my A'Bunadh.

7 years ago 0

Lifewaterforce commented

Hahaha i thought i was the only one who "tuned" blended my 12 and 105 'farclas's together, i can comfirm that this man is no crook it works sublimely, one of the best in-house vattings you could do, any proprotions work very very well but if you get it right... then that's it... Nirvana! Very good review, i also favor the 105 slightly to the a'bunadh although i find them very well matched, two modern classics really. But agree that the 105 is underrated and the A'bu. rather overrated, furthermore the 105 has been way more stable, quality-wise

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